Erie Police Department says they are one of the most well trained forces in the region for handling situations like the shooting in Dallas.
Deputy Chief Don Dacus says EPD trains for active shooter situations quarterly. On top of that, they are constantly being trained and evaluated on what to look for when dealing with a suspicious person, Dacus says.
Officers are trained in picking up cues from a person’s stance to what they say.
“Our department is well-trained,” Dacus says. “We actually have tactical rifles in all of our vehicles. We always evaluate every type of situation like this that goes on throughout the country, we use what occurs somewhere else try to learn and build our knowledge based off of that.”
Dacus says often times a situation can be deescalated just by a conversation.
He says the matter of approach frequently dictates outcome.