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Police Officers Train for a Foot Chase

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When they're not out protecting and serving in our communities, police officers continue to train.

That includes training on this obstacle course that could resemble something real while out on the job.

"It's just simulating a foot race and then a physical confrontation after the fact," Sergeant Russell Robertson said.

Officers from Butte-Silver Bow's Law Enforcement Department got as close to a foot chase as they could get Tuesday.

The officers ran through a grueling agility course that had obstacles to resemble challenges in the streets.

"You learn that for this job you need to stay in shape," said Officer Ryan Hardy. "The course doesn't look like it's much, but it actually wears you out. It's just an incentive to workout constantly."

The timed course starts with six laps through a variety of obstacles including a balance beam and hurdles.

At the end of the six laps is a pull-push machine that represents a physical altercation.

"In a real chase, when your adrenaline is running, you're going to have 20 pounds of extra gear on," Hardy said. "It's more of an incentive to make sure you're in shape because you're going to have to chase for a while."

"Physical fitness and firearms are probably the biggest things that we deal with," said Sergeant Robertson. "We have to take care of ourselves. If we don't, then it's a downfall for the community."

The course must be completed in less than six and a half minutes.

With the obstacles, police officers learn how hard a chase can be.

Butte-Silver Bow County officers complete the course every four to three months.

They will do it again in December.

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