U.S. Marshals train at Camp Grayling

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CAMP GRAYLING, Mich.- They fight and defend us during some of the toughest and most dangerous scenarios, but how can they train for life or death situations?

FOX 17 headed up to Camp Grayling Thursday to watch as the U.S. Marshals trained those unpredictable scenarios.

“We need to be ready and when we’re going after the bad guys we’re going after the worst of the worst; they go into the worst of the worst neighborhoods and so they gotta protect themselves,” Jeff Jones of the U.S. Marshals Office said.

Every year, 58 U.S. Marshals from across the state spend weeks training at Camp Grayling’s 147,000 acres.

“As long as we don`t have soldiers training we are extremely happy to have law enforcement come and train,” Lt Colonial Thom Green, Director of Plans, Operations and Training, said.

Camp Grayling provides simulations like a 28 building town to test and maneuver their skills.

“We do a lot of building searches and what that does is it helps keep the officer sharp for when he has to go in and look for a bad guy in a building, a warehouse or whatnot,” Crawford County Sheriff Kirk Wakefield said.

They’re training to prepare for the worst, both alone and together, learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses.

“An officer always has to be on guard, just the fact that we’re police officers we’re targets,” Jones said.

U.S. Marshals have been serving the country since 1789, and there are currently 3,829 throughout the nation.

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