Pratt County Sheriff's Officers took part in Kansas Bureau of Investigation tactical training over a two day period in Pratt at several locations around town.
The door at the end of the corridor suddenly flew open and armed officers, with weapons drawn, made their way through the door and searched room by room calling out precise information as they searched for an armed shooter.
This scenario was repeated several times Tuesday and Wednesday in Pratt as the Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted tactical training sessions for Pratt County Sheriff's officers at several locations around Pratt.
The training simulated searching for and rescuing victims, how to handle violent suspects, hostage situations, how to serve search and arrest warrants and other situations.
Officers were in full tactical gear, had arms drawn and were put in a variety of situations where they had to work together. The officers learned how to operate as a team, said Pratt County Sheriff Jimmy White.
Knowing what to do and when to do it is critical in the real world situations. When confronting a dangerous person who is armed, each movement must be executed precisely for safety. Emotions are high and the situations are very intense in these situations so the action they take is a life or death situation.
"Your life and the life of the suspect depends on it. It's crucial. You have to train for it," White said. "Every movement and word is a life or death situation."
The KBI officers set up the various training scenarios and had each officer rotate through each position in the scene so they would be ready to handle whatever the situation called for.
Besides the training at various locations, the officers also had classes covering a variety of situations. They also got to familiarized them selves with an armored vehicle.
Pratt County Sheriff's officers have regular training sessions at least twice a month and four hours at a time. The sessions can cover any thing in law enforcement.
White said it was his duty to make sure his officers had the best training available so they could handle any situation. He often has the officers taking training beyond the regular sessions.
"I'm very big on training," White said.
Officers deal with unknown factors when dealing with the public. Even stopping a vehicle for a traffic violation can put an officer's safety at risk so they need to have as much training as possible.
Most officers in law enforcement got into the profession because they want to help people. But they also have to deal with people that are under a great deal of stress and can take unexpected action. So a situation can change in a split second and officers have to be ready to react.
"It's a difficult job," White said.
Potential officers have to take 14 weeks of basic training at the law enforcement academy then more field training that continues throughout their career.
Law enforcement is a very rewarding job but its also a very serious, and at times, a very dangerous job. "It is not as easy as some TV shows portray it to be," White said.
While White was an observer in these training sessions, his training doesn't stop. He has just returned from a session.
More training lies ahead for these officers as White tries to give his officers the best training to help keep them safe.