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Bibb Sheriffs host tactical training program

On Monday, over 30 law enforcement agencies across Georgia took part in some hands on tactical training at the Georgia Tactical Officers Association Conference.

Over 200 deputies attended, including Deputy Nathan Geyer of the Paulding County Sheriff's Office. 

It was Geyer's second year attending. 

"The threats are different, the world's changing around us, and as the world changes around us, we have to adapt to it," he says.

But the adapting process also applies to the training programs.

"Eight years ago, most of our training focused on a lot of hands on, what we call SWAT tactics," says Dennis Valone, the president of the association. 

Through the years, Valone says several mass shootings like Sandy Hook and San Bernardino have influenced their tactics.

"Five, six years ago, we would wait for three our four officers to get there," he says, "I've realized that one officer that's highly proficient, that's trained in shooting can go in there by themselves and take care of the bad guy before more life is lost."

Valone says the policies will continue to evolve, "When we look back at Ferguson and we look back at Baltimore you know some of the scrutiny that law enforcement is under for use of force and for leadership, all these incidents, every year there's something new that happens, and we have to keep changing with that."

He also says that it is necessary to prevent future tragedies and to keep the deputies thoroughly trained.

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