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East Texas officers' training focuses on less-lethal weapons

from Longview News-Journal

A law enforcement training exercise ended with officers putting together a puzzle inside a cloud of noxious gas. Twenty law enforcement agents from surrounding states, including Rusk County sheriff's deputies and Henderson police officers, took part in the less-lethal weapons training, which organizers said is vital to officer and community safety. "Ninety-nine percent of what we do is train for that 1 percent when we have to employ it, and that's the 1 percent we hope never happens," said Sgt. David Roberts of the Rusk County Sheriff's Office. Demonstrations included chemical weapons such as CS gas — or tear gas — handball grenades and colored smoke. more

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