Actuality Bytes: A violent digital world prepares the Greensboro police for the actual one | Native information
Officials can also exercise with other measures such as pepper spray and tasers.
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Potter had the opportunity to try out the simulator recently during a demonstration.
“The first time I did it, I did a great job,” she said. “The second time I was killed. The third time I killed the child I was supposed to protect.
“It’s instant stuff.”
Although Greensboro police officers often find themselves in situations where they are forced to draw their gun, it is extremely rare for them to use it.
Between 2015 and 2019, officials used an average of 0.09% of calls each year – which includes tasers and pepper spray. According to the department’s data, that is around three to four incidents of around 4,000 calls for help per week.
The scenarios, which often take place in less than a minute, force the officers to make split decisions.
After graduation, the trainees go through a debriefing.
Should they have used a taser instead of their gun? Did you shoot too early? Too late?
At a time when police operations are under scrutiny, proper training can make all the difference.
According to Potter, the foundation tried to raise money for the simulator at the request of Chief Brian James.