Police officers are often placed in difficult situations, from domestic disturbances, to robberies, and unfortunately, school shootings.
Nothing can prepare them for the latter experience, but technology is helping.
We’re looking for systems that are more immersive,” Cuyahoga Community College Police Chief Clayton Harris says. “That allows for an officer to really feel that they’re engaged in that training 110 percect
That’s what’s happening at Tri-C’s Public Safety Training Center, where officers had a chance to try a 300-degree training simulator called Virtra, an installation that could become permanent very soon.
Officers in one scenario were pursuing active shooters in a school, surrounded by projector screens and a number of sensors to how officers respond in different scenarios. The situation changes based on their decisions.
This was my first time actually running this course,” Tri-C Patrolman Antwan Daniels said. “I was sweating and my heart was pounding and everything just like I was when we were actually doing it live inside the building.
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