Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52Greer Police step into the spotlight YOUR SAFETY Sgt. Randle Ballenger prepares a test rifle for WYFF-TV reporter Allyson Powell. Greer Police use the weapon as part of a firearms training simulator that puts the user in a series of real-life scenarios where force may be required. Spending a few minutes on the City of Greer Police Department’s Firearms Training Simulator may be the best way to understand the split-second decisions often faces by officers on the street. WYFF-TV’s Allyson Powell learned that first- hand when she faced the interactive video screen and played the role of an officer backing up her partner at a traffic stop. Once the driver was recognized as hav- ing an outstanding warrant, he willfully stepped outside his vehicle and was being handcuffed when the driver’s young daughter jumped out of the truck with a shotgun. “You’re not taking my Daddy to jail,” she shouted before leveling the barrel at the officer and pulling the trigger. The roar from that blast had barely subsided when the girl turned and fired a second blast at Powell. As the screen froze and the lights rose in the room, Powell stood with her mouth agape considering just one of the split-second decisions faced daily by law en- forcement. “The only thing I could think of is ‘I can’t shoot that little girl.’ If it had been real, I don’t truly know what I would have done, especially when protecting someone else. But there was no way I could allow my- self to shoot at that child,” Powell said. The simulation’s tally? Two dead police officers and a family that would soon be broken apart. “I’ve learned that there is a reason I am behind the camera and not in a first responder’s uniform,” Pow- ell confessed after filing more than two dozen stories involving the City of Greer’s Police and Fire Depart- ments for WYFF’s 4 Your Safety series. “Only certain people are wired to do those jobs, and I am not. I have also learned, police officers, like us, often have a chal- lenge between protocol and emotion and it is all hing- ing on the situation.” “Only certain people are wired to do those jobs....” – Allyson Powell