Simulator coming to law enforcement event

Jon Wilcox By Jon Wilcox

Sept. 22, 2016 at 11:27 p.m.
Updated Sept. 23, 2016 at 6 a.m.

A shoot/don't-shoot simulator will be provided by theTexas Municipal Police Association for use at Victoria's National Night Out kickoff party.

A shoot/don't-shoot simulator will be provided by theTexas Municipal Police Association for use at Victoria's National Night Out kickoff party.   contributed photo by texas municipal police association for The Victoria Advocate

Attending the National Night Out kickoff party will give attendees a chance to walk in law enforcement's shoes.

The event will feature a shoot-don't-shoot simulator among other activities, attractions and educational opportunities.

"I think it will be really eye-opening for them to make those split-second decisions that our officers go through day in and day out," said Victoria police officer John Turner.

The simulator thrusts players into real-life situations where police are required to determine when and when not to use deadly force. And just like real life, almost anything can happen in the simulation, which is controlled by a human supervisor. Those who participate in the free simulator will respond to suicidal subjects, family violence calls, hostage situations and a number of varying hypotheticals that could potentially end in pretend disaster.

Or, like many real-life situations officers are sent to, they could end with anticlimactic yet safe results.

"For each scenario that you are put in, there are literally hundreds of different outcomes they can make happen depending on how you react," said Victoria police Sgt. Chris Guerra.

For even police officers, a chance to take a crack at the simulator is a rare opportunity.

Turner, a veteran with decades of VPD experience, said he has only once had the chance to use the simulator, which was most recently donated by the Texas Municipal Police Association.


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