SPOKANE, Wash. --Police with the Spokane Police Department are stepping up their use of a state of the art virtual training simulator. It is designed to prepare officers for several scenarios they might face while on the job.
The Virtra system is designed to help Spokane Police officers make the right decisions in the field.
“Everything they encounter in the street, we try to simulate that in the training that we’re conducting here. So they’re going to be better prepared to deal with the situations when they see them for real life out on the street,’ said Kevin King with the Spokane Police Department.
Police have had the system for a year now and are stepping up its use. The $180,000 system was purchased after recommendations made by the use of force commission. Its use extends beyond those types of situations.
“We’re talking about using case law and making choices whether to arrest and not arrest. First aid, all types of things that we encounter because it’s not just isolated incidents. We’re encountering multiple things at the same time,” said King.
Virtra tries to make this training as real as possible for officers. All their tools they carry on their belt can be used with the system.
Officers wear equipment that will give them a small shock whenever they are shot in the simulator. It is designed to make the training as real as possible.
Police have been using this system for a year now and soon all officers will have to go through the same training.