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