Dothan Police put emphasis on new training

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Desiree Puertos is a cop; a job she just began.

With all the changing dynamics in the dangers of being a police officer, having up-to-date-training is crucial. (Source: WTVY)

“When she first started she got into a scuffle,” officer Lance Hughes explained.

Puertos learned a hard lesson but suffered only minor injuries.

Others weren't as lucky. In the past month, a man assaulted two other Dothan officers.

"There are so many new dynamics that officers have to deal with," Dothan Police Capt. Todd David said.

That's why the police overhauled their training program; something that could mean the difference between life and death.

"It's very important to make sure you're prepared,” Puertos said. That's why she has a mentor in field training officer Lance Hughes.

In a few days Puertos will be on her own in a career she never imagined.

"I was actually in civil engineering," Puertos recalled. However, after 4 years she decided the job isn't for her.

"It's a lot less rewarding," she said.

So she chose law enforcement. "I'm just here to make an impact on the community overall and show that we are supportive of the communities that we police," Puertos said.

Puertos believes the training will keep her safe from whatever lurks. It's been many years since an on-duty police officer died in Dothan.

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