MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - The Marshall, Texas Police Department hosted its third annual media day Wednesday.
Media partners from the ArkLaTex were invited by Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa to enjoy lunch and learn about new technology the department has gained in the past year.
The event included a K-9 demonstration, SWAT demonstration and members of the media also got to experience the "Training Lab Use of Force Simulator."
The new simulator, which is pre-loaded with nearly 600 different scenarios and adds about 50 new scenarios each year, allows officers to train to make split-second decisions and correct mistakes in the training environment without real consequences.
Chief Campa also informed members of the media new equipment the department has received or will receive soon through the 1033 Program. The 1033 Program allows for law enforcement agencies to acquire vehicles, weapons, computer equipment, fingerprint equipment, night vision equipment, radios and televisions, first aid equipment, tents and sleeping bags, photogenic equipment and more at little or no cost.
Other new programs and community resources put into effect this year include:
- Internet purchase safety spots at the Marshall Police Department
- Cool Cops ice cream, donated by Blue Bell
- Partnering with Marshall Against Violence (MAV) to help with police interaction
- Promoting a training coordinator
- Getting a new radio system
- Getting new cameras in the police cruisers
- Purchasing seven new police cars
Chief Campa says he wants Marshall to become a training hub in the region.