St. Ann Police Department trains officers with state of the art simulator

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ST. ANN MISSOURI ( KTVI ) In an effort to train police officers to take quick action responsibly to protect themselves and others, the  St. Ann  Police Department uses a live, state of the art, simulator. The simulator creates situations where officers need to use force in various settings.   It's the first of it's kind in Missouri .
The simulator creates situations where officers  may  or may not  need to use force in various settings. "In our life  being police officers. We have to make sure we have the top quality training, " said  Chief Aaron Jimenez , St. Ann Police Department

In one scenario the officer  asked the suspect to  get down on  the ground.   The   suspect had  loaded  hand gun . The police officer must make a quick decision that involves life or death .
In another  scenario the male suspect  had a knife  in his hand in a school setting.
The end result would have  led to  a fatal stabbing to the victim if the officer did not fire his weapon .  The St Ann Police Chief says the tool provides great training for officers . It gives   officers an opportunity   to look at the  entire situation . Police say in all situations  communication is a key factor,  "Over 40 officers have gone through the training  and everyone of them  come out of this training  and realized  how realistic it is, said Chief Jimenez.

The  tool  also allows officers to make a mistake in training  and not on the streets.
"You can make mistakes in here  as far as the training  as many times  as you want  and you are not going to pay a price. As a police officer  you go out on the street and you have a bad shooting , you are going to pay the price if you miss use those tools in our line of work, said Jimenez.
The chief says other police  departments will be invited to try it  as well as area residents, giving them the chance to experience what officers face every day

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