Watch Richland Police on “Spray Day” with Pepper Spray “Training”
Richland Police have a unique way to further train their officers in suspect submission.
NEW RECRUITS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SPRAY DAY
As part of their efforts to learn about the reaction to this spray, as well as to understand their role in subduing and apprehending suspects, the new RPD recruits are sprayed with a few shots of pepper spray.
Spray Day, according to Richland Police, is a great training method:
“Once a new officer is sprayed with it, he understands that his deployment does not happen without careful consideration and empathy with the person (s) he is being used on. There is often cross-contamination where our officers receive a dose of OC when they need to take the sprayed suspect into custody. In all cases, our officers fully understand the need to provide post-exposure care (air, water and weather) to those affected by the spray. “
It reminds me of gun safety tips from older (and wiser) people that I have known over the years, where they emphasized respect and safety when using firearms. . Have you all heard “never point a gun at someone unless you use it?” And we probably all know someone who went pretty crazy when they saw someone mishandling a gun.
Ditto for this thing. The more you know, the more efficiently and correctly it will be used.
No doubt this will help officers on the ground and ultimately provide more security for them and citizens as well.
The video is below.