SPD gives media up close look at training


by KREM.com


Posted on June 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 14 at 6:17 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Crews from KREM 2 News were among those who participated in SPD’s 2014 Media Academy on Saturday.

The event gives members of the media a behind-the-scenes look at police training.

This year, Spokane Police organized a K-9 demo and use of force scenario. The media day hosted at the Spokane Police Academy also featured SPD’s new VirTra 180 degree use of force training simulator and a presentation comparing real and replica firearms.

KREM 2 News reporter, Taylor Viydo, even got to learn what it was like to get tased. 

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Participants discussed an officer involved shooting that happened in April. Police officers fatally shot murder suspect Jeremy Arnold, after he burst into a crime scene with a fake gun.

WATCH:  Murder suspect Jeremy Arnold shot and killed by SPD officers

Police explained what they trained to do in similar situations.

“Shooting someone in the leg isn’t going to stop that threat,” said SPD Training Director Kevin King. “There’s been cases throughout the country where people have been shot in the head, shot in the heart, and still continue to pose a threat to the officer… Our goal is to stop the threat, not shoot and kill.”