Code Enforcement Training
This year Gainesville Code Enforcement officers have responded to nearly 11,000 calls.
Locally no officers have been assaulted, but the number of cases has grown across the country including one officer killed last month in Colorado.
"Any inspection can escalate into a violent attack," says Officer Jeff Look. "You never know what has happened in the customer's mind or life prior to your arrival."
Recently three Gainesville officers completed a training session on officer safety provided by the Florida Association of Code Enforcement.
They learned techniques on how to protect themselves and stay safe on the job.
"Provide yourself with an extra buffer of time if necessary if assaulted," said Supervisor Dave Watkins. "Then you would be allowed to use that level of force only to get away essentially."
Even though only three officers were trained, Watkins says they hope to hold in-house training and invite experts to teach as well.
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