Retired police captain: Domestic calls can be dangerous for officers

Retired Troy Police Captain John Cooney says the one thing officers hate to hear over the scanner is the word domestic.

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Cooney now provides suicide prevention and trauma management training to police.

He says walking into a violent relationship is incredibly dangerous for police. Adding another person to that situation can make the officer the enemy.

Officers are trained to be on high alert. Two people in a violent relationship can quickly see officers as a common enemy.

Cooney trains officers to move somewhere with no potential weapons.

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Learn about some of the other ways training has evolved to deescalate the situation by watching the video of Stella Porter’s story.