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Thanks to a new simulator, officers with the Pocatello Police Department can take to the streets without leaving the station.
Recently, the department purchased a FAAC Milo Range use of force simulator. Using video projection and a laser detection system, the simulator takes officers through different incidents they may encounter.
“Essentially, officers are able to get live-fire training without using a single shell,” said Lieutenant Bill Collins. “We’ve repurposed equipment that has passed its useful life and modified it for use with the simulator. The firearms utilize carbon dioxide cartridges and even recoil like the real thing.”
When an officer is in a scenario, another officer at the controls of the system is able to adjust the response of the subject or subjects depending on how the officer in the simulation reacts. While they are working the scenario, the system allows officers to practice different use of force options, from batons to Tasers and firearms.
“While it’s impossible to train for every possible situation, the system allows us to walk-through the common ones officers face as well as scenarios that are difficult to simulate in a real-world environment,” said Lieutenant Collins. “The simulator allows officers to work through everything from traffic stops to burglaries and active shooters situations.”
For more information on the Pocatello Police Department, visit pocatello.us/police.