Training for the real thing

It takes the right words to change a dangerous situation

Sgt. Steve Clarks holds a training weapon to his head as a deputy attempts to talk him into putting down the weapon and then getting out of the vehicle — an example of simulation scenarios played out for officers with the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office recently. While this kind of engagement is rehearsed at the deputy-training academy, it’s an important skill to know when needed. Photo by Victoria Metcalf