FORT MYERS, Florida – The National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) reports that ambush attacks on officers have increased 103% year over year (2020).
The latest report from the FOP says there have been 75 ambush attacks on officials in the past year.
Of these attacks, 93 officers were shot dead and 21 killed.
The FOP says that an ambush style attack is defined as any time an officer is shot without warning or defense.
Fox 4 spoke to Lt. Jason Pate of the Fort Myers Police Department (FMPD), whose job it is to train officers in all situations, including ambush attacks.
“Every call we make has the potential to be ambushed,” said Godfather.
Godfather says preparing for the unpredictable requires unique training.
“We always try to introduce a scenario in which there is something that surprises the officer, that something unusual happens to the officer. It could be to sit down, eat while you (officer) are on duty, during weapons training and then a threat comes up and you have to react, ”said Godfather.
Godfather says that not every workout involves a reaction in self-defense.
He says sometimes it’s about showing officers how to relate to the people they serve.
“They see us as a uniform, the blue as a badge, they don’t see us as people. And if they see us as human a little more often and we can build a personal connection, someone could change their mind, recognize us and say, I knew this officer and he treated me fairly, “said Godfather.
It’s a lesson he gives every officer and one he says will only take a few minutes.