A suspicious character lurking in a hallway, a tenant-landlord dispute, and routine traffic stops are all situations police officers might have to face at any moment.
Officers at the Bowling Green Police Department are getting a little extra help with a simulator designed to react to their every move.
Officer Jerry Corbitt says, "Basically it gives the officer an opportunity to do almost realistic training, where he has to shoot, or don't shoot or talk the person down, de-escalate or escalate the situation."
The program is the Fire Arms Training System, or FATS. FATS takes police officers through realistic situations to help advance their training.
The officers begin by giving verbal commands and advance the situation depending on the suspect’s actions.
Corbitt says, "If they continue to be confrontational, we can go to other options like our pepper spray, police baton, and in deadly force situations use our sidearms."
At the end of the scenario, the officers watch a replay of the action to see the outcome and if a situation could have been handled in a different way.
The simulator is on loan to the department for another month from the Kentucky League of Cities.
For more information: log onto www.klc.org//publication_detail.asp?id=400.