Shoot or Don't Shoot;
Police Simulation Training
By Tori Clark
ROCKFORD (WREX) - Officers often must juggle public safety and public scrutiny. One thing that helps Rockford Police is the Use of Force Simulator, which puts people in cops shoes. This training tool can put the pressures of the officer's job in prospective.
The simulation is a projected DVD on a white screen. A scenario is chosen for you and you suit up.
The trainees have equipment that reacts to the simulation on the projector. They have a handgun or a taser. These items are tracked and simulated through lasers.
One scenario they run through is a dispatcher sends them to an abandoned building break in. Suddenly a suspect pops up and is hiding one of his hands. The suspect does not listen to the officer when asked to put his hands up. He instead quickly raises a staple gun and shoots.
Detective Chris Aldrich, Rockford Police Training Unit, says most of the people going through this simulation shoots the man.
"He makes a sudden movement pulls out a bright shinny object that appeared to you to be a weapon," Aldrich explains, "The weapon could harm you or another officer or someone else in that building." . . . click to continue
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