Realistic Police Training Gives Officers Hands-On Experience

By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Dozens of officers from the metro area took part this week in a new form of emergency medical training that focuses on keeping them safe when they respond to dangerous situations.

The training, called TEMPO for Tactical Emergency Medical Peace Officer, comes on the heels of the deadliest in this country for officers losing their lives on duty. It was created in 2008 and the first of its kind in this region.

The tactical training is coordinated by Hennepin County Medical Center’s Dr. Jeffrey Ho, who is also a licensed peace officer in Minnesota.

“We do actual scenarios in the field where officers have a good job or made mistakes. We teach to that level so they can learn from that,” said Dr. Ho at the South Metro Training Center in Edina.

On Thursday, in subzero weather, scenarios included a routine check on a loud noise call and ended with an officer getting shot in the leg and other officers responding to help stop his bleeding while ducking bullets. Besides learning how to provide emergency medical care to injured officers in dangerous situations, the officers are trained to provide care to other people who have been hurt, including suspects.

“Very realistic, got the adrenalin going,” said Edina officer Ryan Schulz who took part in one of the scenarios.

Another scenario had the officers checking on a suicidal man. When they got to his house, he was dead and was lying next to a dead baby and a gun. The house was filled with carbon monoxide from a car hooked up with a hose. If it were real, 70 percent of the officers who responded to that call would have died since they went into the house and would have been overcome with the gas.

The training also included officers soaking their hands in ice water before they went out on calls so they could practice using their equipment when their fingers were frozen.

Officers praised the training, calling it the most realistic they have had and said they were grateful for chance to make their mistakes there, rather than in a real life situation.

  • IMaOnTheTake

    I don’t need the cops; I have guns

    • DeathToNazis

      Real intelligent. Because that’s all cops do really…drive around the countryside shooting people. I have guns too. But what to do when you’re rear-ended in traffic by a hit-and-run driver? Or a family member has a massive coronary during dinner? Or somone kidnaps your kid? Or someone vandalizes your house/car when you’re at work? Walking outside and shooting your gun in the air will do a lot of good, I’m sure.

      • IMaOnTheTake

        White guys with guns are the biggest terrorists humanity has ever seen; they don’t have 5000 nukes because they’re righteous, they have 5000 nukes because they’re evil.

    • Ian

      I need cops because you have guns.

  • guns are good

    does it teach them to be even bigger criminals and hypocrits??? or is that another training session?

    • Good1,Clown

      Good one, meathead. Get arrested lately and feeling bitter toward the cops? By the way, Moron University called…you need to re-take your spelling class, genius.

      • Paul Bostrom


  • Mary

    Do you need to be protected? the police are overwhelmed! protect yourself !! Every citizen has a personnel choice to defend oneself from immediate harm and personel injury! The police cannot be everywhere all the time, God bless them they try. but when it comes to self defense ,, when seconds count you better be able to defend your life and the ones you love.

    • IrkedCountyWorker

      Yeah the police certainly are overwhelmed. Be sure to thank all the job-killing right wing “tax cuts.” Hiring freezes, wage freezes, cutting benefits, cutting pensions, and dismantling labor unions. Then lets have everyone complain because public service is garbage. Makes perfect sense…

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