|Published:||Jun 30, 2010 3:37 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 30, 2010 12:27 AM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Vice President Joe Biden was in Florida Tuesday offering his condolences to the families of two Tampa officers killed while making a traffic stop.
WINK News wanted to know how local law enforcement is trained to handle these situations.
Deputies and officers need to keep two things in mind: always trust your gut, and remember every call or stop is different.
"There's nothing routine about anything we do."
That is what deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office keep in mind when they are on the job. It is how they are trained and Lt. Shane Hingson said it's what keeps them alive.
"If you become routine, you become complacent and complacent is what will get you hurt."
In July 2008, Fort Myers police officer Andrew Widman was killed responding to a domestic dispute. Abel Arango was threatening to kill his girlfriend but it turned into a deadly shooting with Arango killing officer Widman.
When law enforcement are being trained, they are taught to treat every experience like the first.
"We teach them to go with what their gut tells them. When they're approaching that car, don't think just because what was okay last time will be okay this time... or just because it seems to be a young person sitting in a car or an older person sitting in the car that everything's going to be okay because you never know what you may come upon or may have happened prior to you making that traffic stop. Just because you're stopping him for speeding doesn't mean they just did a robbery or a home invasion or a murder prior to that."
In the past two years, Florida was ranked as one of the top three states for the number of officers dying in the line of duty.