DPS Training Changes

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The Texas Department of Public Safety says it will no longer train officers with a fighting drill that resulted in a recruit's death last year.

DPS suspended use of the drill after the May death of Jimmy Ray Carty Junior. He died of head trauma after being hit in the head several times
during a full-contact fighting exercise.

The department used the drill known as "active countermeasures" for at least 30 years.

Consultants hired by DPS in the aftermath of Carty's death recommended in March that the drill be eliminated. The consultants
cited repeated head injuries and said the exercise did not involve realistic police scenarios.

The department also banned other simulated fighting drills between trainees.

Carty's widow says she was relieved to hear of the department's decision.

In a lawsuit, she claims DPS negligence led to her husband's death.