OMAHA (KPTM) - From downtown Omaha, to out west past Elkhorn, more than 800 crimes happened in the Omaha area in October.
A lot of crimes are robberies or home invasions. A woman was killed earlier this week in her apartment when two men broke in.
Local law enforcement agencies invited out dozens of people Friday afternoon to experience what it is like to be on the force, and how to protect themselves.
Sergeant Jake Ritonya, a 15-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department says making a choice of whether to shoot or not can be life or death.
It's something first responders experience every day. "It can be monotonous followed by moments of sheer terror," Ritonya says.
It's the fear of that kind of terror that drew Shawn Weyh to the training. "It's a scary place that we live in right now," she says. "You know, we can never be too sure about what's going on or what situations we are going to be put into."
Weyh and dozens of others were thrown into typical controlled scenarios. The same kind of scenarios police and FBI trainees go through.
"You see a bad guy and you need to stop them," Sgt Ritonya says, "but you can't fire because right past them are some innocents."
Sgt. Ritonya says it's about thinking before pulling the trigger, something that takes years of practice. "Safety is the utmost concern for us. As a matter of fact, the very first thing before our officers ever fire a first round, it's dry drills and safety."
This is the third year the FBI Citizens Academy brought in regular people to experience police training.