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SLIDESHOW: Jeffersonville P.D. use of force training

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Asst. school supt. Travis Haire aims a model firearm at a video screen during Jeffersonville police "active shooter" training. Asst. school supt. Travis Haire aims a model firearm at a video screen during Jeffersonville police "active shooter" training.

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Police officers must make split-second decisions on when to shoot or otherwise use force against a threatening suspect.

A video simulation is how Jeffersonville police practice those skills -- local school leaders took part as well.

Such training has become even more important after the Connecticut school shootings.  The bottom line: someone must stop the threat to an officer or innocent bystanders -- no waiting.

As Ginger Whitis, Jeffersonville High School asst. principal, explains, "There's so much pressure. The last thing you want to do is to hurt an innocent student. But if you hesitate, then that person who came to that school with a gun has an opportunity to take lives."

WDRB's Chris Turner explained why an officer will shoot despite outsiders' claims the force can be too much.

Greater Clark County Schools administrators, even the Jeffersonville mayor and two council members took part in the training.  All JPD officers are required to do it.  Officers have been busy reviewing school and business security after the Connecticut school shootings in December.

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