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Dallas police overhaul training after shootings

Published On: Jan 04 2014 07:24:46 PM CST

DALLAS -

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Police Department plans to overhaul its use-of-force training program after criticism stemming from recent officer shootings.
    
The Dallas Morning News reports that the department is preparing to replace its current crop of seven rank-and-file instructors - senior corporals - with sergeants.
    
Chief David Brown said in a recent news release that a main goal of the new training is to rebuild public trust. The program relies on reality based techniques and teaches officers how and when to use deadly force.
    
Brown dismissed two officers in two months, citing internal investigations that concluded both violated the department's deadly-force policy when they shot suspects without apparent provocation.
    
Critics, however, say that reforming the training program amounts to only a simple cosmetic change that won't address deeper issues.