MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - The Marshall Police Department recently acquired a new tool to that will bring MPD use of force training to the next level. The ultimate goal with this simulator is to enable an officer to make split second decisions and correct mistakes in the training environment without real world consequences.
The "Training Lab Use of Force Simulator" is pre-loaded with nearly 600 different scenarios and approximately 50 new scenarios are added each year. The simulator is currently set up in the training room at the Marshall Police Department.
Most Officers at MPD have been through a familiarization course on the simulator, which put them in a variety of scenarios which tested their abilities to make use of force decisions. The scenarios require the officer to respond appropriately with everything from simple verbal commands to necessary lethal force.
This training simulator is also being used to inform the citizens in Marshall about police encounters.
The simulator will be part of the upcoming third session of the "Citizens Police Academy" held at MPD.
The department said they also want to invite other law enforcement agencies in the region who are interested in using the simulator to contact them so that we can set up training for their Officers.
Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa stated, "I am very excited about this new training tool that will help train our Officers for use of force situations. I want to give my Officers every tool necessary to effectively do their job and do it well, and I strongly believe that this simulator will do that. The Marshall Police Department is very fortunate to have this type of training tool; therefore I would like to share this training tool with any law enforcement agency in our area that may be interested. The simulator will not only be used to help train our Officers it will be offered to citizens during the citizen's police academy and local meetings."