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I was shot and killed on October 7 during a domestic dispute.

Likewise, other members of the media were invited to try the Danville Police Department’s MILO Range training, as part of its Pass the Perspective program.

The MILO Range simulator generates a variety of scenarios, ranging from a domestic disturbance to traffic stops to an active shooter situation. It uses computer technology to enhance an officer’s decision-making abilities in the field and is part of the department’s training regimen.

As part of its awareness program Passe la perspective, the Danville police invite the population to come and try the simulator. Most people said that based on their experience in a simulated scenario, officers only had seconds to make a life-and-death decision, Corporal Sylvia Brooks said.

This is what happened during the simulated domestic conflict. The script started with an open door leading through the rooms of an apartment or a house, because it was hard to tell. In the background, there was the sound of a man screaming and a woman screaming. The couple were in the kitchen, where the man was holding a baby and loudly threatening the woman. The woman was screaming. When he saw the “officer”, he started yelling at me to leave his house. He then punched the woman and she fell to the ground screaming. We were asked to give orders as an officer would in a real situation. I told the man to put the baby down. He did not, despite repeated requests. He just got angrier and more agitated.

Finally, the man reached behind his back and pulled out a gun, and pointed it in my direction while still holding the baby. We’d been told to keep our inert sim pistol in a fake holster by our side, so that’s where it was. Confused by the chaotic situation, I was too slow to pull out the gun and fire. The man fired his gun and the screen went red.

A red screen meant the officer had been shot. Since the man had fired several shots at me before I drew my gun, I was probably dead.

The situation was rhythmic and unsettling, but deep down I was aware that it wasn’t real and that I really wouldn’t be down. For the police officers, however, it is real and was enough to give additional appreciation of what they may encounter during a working day.

Other members of the media have also been “shot” during traffic stops where a passenger pulled out a gun and fired, or a situation where a woman got out of her car with a gun to her head, for turn it on on “the officer”. A member of the media managed to shoot down an active shooter, only to be shot by another further down a hallway.

The simulator allows the controller to modify the outcome of each scenario, either providing a deadly force situation; another where the threat turns out to be harmless, like a man taking out a wallet; or in some cases, the person complies with an officer’s orders and the tension subsides. The officer does not know, however, how the scenario will unfold when it begins. And most situations lasted less than 30 seconds.

For actual training, the simulator can be calibrated for firearms, taser or flashlight. It is also used for remedial training, when an officer needs to hone their skills, said Sgt. Evan Wilson.

Wilson said the simulator cannot fully replicate what an officer might encounter in the field, as currently officers can only move forward and backward in front of the screen during a simulated situation so as not to disrupt the laser. used as part of the Software.

However, even a simulated scenario gives an officer an adrenaline rush and tunnel vision, he said.

The simulator is used in conjunction with de-escalation training because the use of deadly force is considered a last resort, Wilson said.

“No officer wants to use their handgun,” he said.

Wilson said the simulator also allows community members to see how complex a situation can become, such as domestic unrest.

Certainly officers must be held to a higher standard, but also be reasonable about what they can and cannot do in complex situations, he said.

Each scenario also provides the trainer with the opportunity to analyze the officer’s decisions by creating teachable moments that ensure the officer’s actions comply with the law and department policy.

One policy change that emerged from the Pass the Perspective sessions with residents was how traffic stops are handled in Danville. Previously, officers may not have immediately told a driver why they were being pulled over, Brooks said, adding that many believed it had to do with their race.

Brooks said the comments led to a change in policy and all officers must now immediately notify a driver of the reason they are being pulled over.

sergeant. Steve Richardson said some community members came to a Pass the Perspective session with a negative view of the police, only for that view to change once they tried the simulated situations and saw what the police were like. officers had to deal with in the field.

Ultimately, the ultimate goal is for the officer to return home alive along with those he encounters during his day, Brooks said.

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