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Tough and stressful training for TPD's new recruits

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Toledo Police Department's new recruits are facing some intense and stressful training.   

In order for the rookie officers to receive their guns and badges, they must learn how to fire different weapons. Today they were put to the test. Some of the recruits have never handled a shotgun, so the department is trying to prepare them for what they may face on the street.

It's a critical part of the Toledo police department training: when and how to use a shotgun.
Officers are taught to use firearms as a last resort.

27-year-old Nicole Crissman use to work in security for a local school district in Cleveland. She admits she has some learning to do.

"First we had to get use to the equipment. I've never shot the shot gun before so I had to get use to just carrying this piece of equipment," she says.

The instructors are teaching the recruits when they should or shouldn't use a shot gun. How to move with it and how to hit a target.  

"This is a life and death situation. A life and death implement a lethal force confrontation that they may or may not have to deal with. We hope not but if they do they need to be prepared to do it," says Officer Roger White.

Officers say it's been a violent 2014 so far on the streets of Toledo. There have been numerous shootings and moments when they too had to dodge a bullet. The department is trying to prepare the new officers for what could lie ahead.

"You can't stop preparing through your entire career. I've been doing this a long time and I still prepare myself. You prepare yourself daily. When you put on a firearm, wear a badge go to work you need to prepare yourself everyday," says officer White.

That preparation is physical and mental.

"Everyday we come out and everyday they tell us clear your head. Whatever happened last night or whatever you're thinking about or a vacation you're planning get that out of your head you're here for firearms and this is all we are going to do safety safety safety," says Crissman.

The recruits will hit the streets in April.

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