In one week, New Mexico has seen six officer-involved shootings. In those, four suspects have been shot to death, and seven law enforcement officers have been shot and wounded. It's obviously a concern for the law enforcement community.
This week has been especially tough for the family of a Bernalillo County sheriff's Deputy James McGrane Jr. shot and killed in the line of duty seven years ago. Ever since then, the deputy's family has worked hard to try and save officers' lives.
"Its scary, but we do live in a very violent environment, and people may not realize that, but they better wake up," said Jim McGrane Sr., whose son was shot and killed during a traffic stop
in the east mountains in 2006.
"If it saves their life, it helps them, and that's our goal," said McGrane.
Every officer goes through mandatory training already, but the McGrane's organize additional training.
Recent shootings have hit hard. The McGranes said they know one of the officers injured in Saturday's Albuquerque shootout well. They said Deputy Robin Hopkins worked in the East Mountains where their son worked.
"What happened to Robin and the other officers, they were ambushed just like my son," said Rita McGrane, James McGrane Jr.'s mother. "How do you prevent that? I don't know."
The hope is that by teaching officers life-saving tactics showing real life scenarios, they can help prevent tragedy.
The couple acknowledged past shootings where law enforcement has taken criticism, adding not everyone knows what officers face.
"Law enforcement needs to be thanked for everything they do. How many of us could put our life out there?" said Rita McGrane.
"They have to do what they have to do, and we need to stand behind them," added her husband.
The McGranes said their thoughts and prayers are with the officers and the families affected. They're now preparing for the eighth annual street survival course, which will take place next March.
Roughly 3,000 law enforcement officers in New Mexico have gone through the McGrane's training course.
It's unclear whether any of the officers injured this week attended the course.
The course is paid for through fundraising and donations. For more information, click here
Donations for the officer street survival course can also be sent by mail to P.O. Box 37337 Albuquerque, N.M. 87176.