CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) — Campbell Police spent this Sunday learning tactics that can help them protect themselves in violent situations.
It’s a specialized training that few police departments in the state actually receive.
Rob Vukovich is a Campbell Police officer himself. On Sunday however, he was also an instructor.
“We try to provide the safest training that can be as real as it gets,” said Vukovich.
Vukovich spent three days in Columbus to get certified to teach this course. The goal is not only to protect officers, but also to help them avoid deadly situations with suspects.
“We put a strong emphasis on training our officers not to get to the level of lethal force through the use of defensive tactics. Smarter approaches to situations. Smarter officer presence,” Vukovich said.
They have to have a broad focus in order to do that.
“We try to provide training that encompasses everything from A-Z. How you approach a situation how you try to de-escelate certain situations,” said Vokovich.
Andrew Boehlke runs the facility where the training is taking place. He said Sunday’s training has been an eye-opening experience for him.
“I learned that a police officer’s job is not easy. I learned that today. I seen some things this past week yesterday and today. I didn’t know what these guys go through for training or the scenarios they have to encounter,” said Boehlke.
He also said those scenarios can vary widely.
“People with guns, knives. People who are suicidal. You name it, they have to face it,” said Boehlke.
For Vukovich and his colleagues, being prepared for those things they must face is essential.
“We also want them prepared for everything in between. Including some sort of physical altercation. Weapon based or not weapons based. All the way up into the use of some sort of lethal force,” said Vukovich.