Recent shootings put police training policies under scrutiny

COLUMBUS (WCMH)–While it might seem as if police-involved shootings are on the rise, some local authorities say that is not actually the case.

They say with the rising popularity of social media, the focus seems to be on these shootings now more than ever before.

It all leads many to question whether or not officers are properly trained for these types of situations.

Jason Pappas, President of Fraternal Order of Police Capital City Lodge #9, says officers are trained regularly and consistently.

“We continuously get legal updates, legal trainings, guidance, Supreme Court rulings and other things that affect the way that we use force, so we are constantly upgrading and updating our training,” he said.

Pappas says officers are trained not to kill, but rather to stop a threat.

“We are trained first of all to shoot ‘center mass,’ which is where we’re most likely to have a bullet strike. And we are trained to stop an action. So the outcome is just what the outcome happens to be. We only use force necessary to affect an arrest or stop a threat,” he explained.

“We are responsible for every round that comes out of our gun,” Pappas said. “If that round misses because we were shooting at a much smaller target that is often moving, we’re responsible for where that bullet goes. So we often frame our target in a backdrop, meaning what would happen if we miss?”

In light of the recent police officer-involved shootings in Columbus and around the country, Pappas says police training policies have not changed much, and he does not believe they need to.

“I am not sure that they’ve become any stricter but they’ve definitely become more regulated.”

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