Basic Response Training

Area correctional officers participated in the eighth annual Basic Response Training class to experience what it's like to be hit with pepper spray, as they try to control an inmate.

William Billings, with the Daviess County Detention Center says: "Basically it incapacitates you, it makes you close your eyes, you can't see what you're doing."

The officers are doing this as part of their training. Chief Deputy Chris Eaton, with the Warren County Detention Center says: "If you are contaminated you can continue on, and you can go until help arrives."

Once the officers are sprayed, they have to run through a short course simulating an attack and chase of a suspect.

Eaton says: "If you use it on someone, you can tell if it's effective or not and whether you need to escalate to a higher level of force or if the person complies, you need to de-escalate."

A military police group, that's preparing to deploy and operate a detention center overseas, was also in town for the training.

Bowling Green was chosen for the class because of its location, and availability of a classroom setting and firing range.


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