Odessa Police teaches recruits proper defensive techniques

Odessa Police teaches recruits proper defensive techniques

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - On Thursday, the Odessa Police Department held a Defensibe Tactics Training. 14 recruits attended and learned first-hand how to engage, disengage and detain a suspect.

Detective Corporal Mauro Matai of the Odessa Police Department, said "They got to stay spiritually, physically, and mentally ready. Once you get to the streets it's a different type of game."

With recent situations involving Odessa Police Matai says this type of training is needed even for the most experienced officers.

Matai says this type of training is needed even for the most experienced officers.

"We're preparing them for what's coming," said Matai.

A few of the recruits enjoyed the three-hour session.

Jo Ann Alvarez said, "I'm pretty hyped up right now and it's exciting."

Albert Dean said, "In our profession you never know what's going to happen."

After all was said and done, the recruits had a better understanding of how protect themselves while on the job.

"If something was to happen and I had to protect my family, or my kids at least I would know what to do if I got into a scuffle. It was great. I liked it," said Dean.

"Getting prepared when you're on call to a scene, remembering what you've learned," said Alvarez.

The training is held twice a year and the next batch of recruits will go through it in July.

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