Citrus County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Coleman works through a training exercise Tuesday afternoon, shouting commands to a “bad guy” while subduing the subject. The exercise consisted of hand-to-hand combat exercises at the Withlacoochee Technical Institute in Inverness.
Training day

INVERNESS — Sheriff’s office trainers decided to turn up the heat Tuesday afternoon on deputies during simulations of in-the-streets scenarios and the attendant stresses officers are likely to encounter.

It tested the bounds of endurance, agility and pure brawn.

“What we are trying to work on is chase drills and take-downs, but under a lot of stress, which is what deputies usually face when they’re out there in the streets,” said instructor Sgt. Juan Santiago.