Putting yourself in an officer's shoes during dangerous scenarios
By Michael Bradford
PADUCAH, Ky -
People in Paducah got to see eye to eye with local police officers Tuesday through high-tech, interactive firearm simulations.
The training’s purpose is to make sure officers are better able to protect you and themselves.
From traffic stops, domestic violence calls, to active shooter drills. People on the Chief’s Community Forum took a try at real-life scenarios alongside police officers.
The MILO interactive firearms training system bases simulations off of real situations in the state and country. Detective Ryan Conn controls the reactions of the simulated suspects based on the player's actions. He says this training is as real as it gets, helping prepare officers for split-second decisions and how to properly act under pressure.
WKCTC Counselor Justin Hill says the situations definitely got his blood pumping, but he's glad he did it.
“This right here broadens my mind, my perspective, on what the officers go through. This is so intense, and it's so real,” Hill said.
In his scenario he used a gun on the suspect. Looking back, he feels he should've used a Taser.
"When you're talking to somebody, they're using foul language, they are aggressive, they're moving in, they're throwing things at you. It gives you a lot of perspective of what they go through," HIll said.
Conn says sharing this training with community members is one of his favorite things to do.
"Even if it's just for 30 seconds of a video, getting you to just get in our shoes and see what we experience, just for a moment, that understanding, and community connection that we get, I love it," Conn said.
Paducah police will have the training system for the next three weeks to train every officer. They're also inviting agencies and people in the community to try it out if they'd like.