On Thursday, March 26, 2015, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Deputies trained at the fairgrounds in Tazewell at 9 in the morning. They were faced with different real life scenarios.
Major Harold Heatley said, “We don’t have problems here in Tazewell like we have in other places but, we want to be prepared. We want to be able to get out here and be proactive and protect our citizens.”
Deputies practiced throwing out spike strips to stop a suspect. They chased the suspect in a car and then ran after them. After that, they had a 2 minute fight on a punching bag. Deputies said you spend 80 percent of your energy in the first 30 seconds of a fight against a suspect.
Deputies then put their duty weapon back together and applied first-aid to their partner. They eventually captured the suspect and then searched their vehicle.
Lt. Jonathan Hankins said, “Your mind has to be strong in this line of work. It has to be because you have to fight through anything. You can never quit because your life and the community’s life is in jeopardy. You can’t quit for any reason.”
Hankins said their gear is about 25 pounds. Deputies will also be training three more days next week beginning on Monday, March 30, 2015.