Training is always a big part of the job for police, and officers in Toppenish are enjoying a new interactive simulator.
TOPPENISH, WA - Training is always a big part of the job for police, and officers in Toppenish are enjoying a new interactive simulator.
It's pretty realistic. Officers react to different situations, including walking into a building where there's open fire.
The simulator cost a little more than $68,000. It was purchased with grant money from the Yakama Nation Legends Casino.
Toppenish Police Officers have already done two rounds of training. They're evaluated on their verbal communication and reactions to potential life threatening situations.
"The real life scenarios where somebody may be engaging him with a weapon," said Sgt. Jake Church with the Toppenish Police Department. "We wouldn't see something like that at a range where as here we do."
Toppenish Police said officers around the valley ask if they can train with the simulator. Zillah and Yakama Nation Police Officers have used it and the Sunnyside Police Department has expressed interest.