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Police recruits depend on training to protect themselves

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There is no time for fear at the Gwinnett County Police Academy.

Recruits are preparing to serve and protect, even when times are tough. 

“It’s tough, it’s definitely a very stressful time. They put you through the ringer, but it’s only going to make you better,” recruit Kristen Moore said.

Moore joined the 97th Academy and she and her fellow recruits are well aware of the fact that six officers were shot in Georgia within six days.

“My grandma is very old fashioned about it and calls me all the time saying, 'Oh this happened, and that happened,' and I have to reassure her that Gwinnett [County] is safe and that it’s not going to happen, and I have to go back to my training and utilize that, and they’re not going to put us on the road if we’re not prepared for it,” Moore said.

The state requires about 10 hours of training for new recruits. Gwinnett County takes it a step further.

“Our officers are not immune to what’s going on, not only locally, but nationally. We know that ambushes are happening, but we have a great training facility,” Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said.

New recruits receive more than 20 hours of training at the Gwinnett County Police Academy and their state-of-the-art facility.

“We don’t want future candidates into law enforcement to think that every time they go out to a call, or every time they pull somebody over, that somebody’s there to shoot at them,” Pihera said.

Pihera said hands-on training is not just for new recruits. Every officer receives it annually and training is often focused on what the needs of society are.

“It is tough. You have to come in with your game face on and you can’t take things personal,” Moore said.

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