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Police departments launch police simulator

The simulator will rotate between departments each month
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 10:42 PM CDT
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BLUE GRASS, Iowa (KWQC) - If you have ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer, well, there’s a new simulator in the Quad Cities area called the Milo Force Range Simulator.

This is free and open to the public and will simulate scenarios like traffic stops or active shooter situations.

“The entire idea of making a life and death decision in a matter of split seconds can’t be explained by words,” Blue Grass Police Chief Garrett Jahns said. “They have to be able to experience it themselves to fully understand and grasp the idea of what it is an officer faces out on the streets on a daily basis. So we’re hoping that they come here and are able to experience that and actually put themselves in our shoes.”

The simulator is currently in Blue Grass but will move to the Eldrige Police Department in April.

Eldrige police will release information on how to sign up for the simulator once it is set up.

Jahns said the simulator is meant to create a dialogue in the community.

“Whether they are pro-law enforcement or not, it gives an idea, or it gives us an opportunity to have a conversation,” Jahns said. “It opens the door for conversation and companionship at the end of the day where they get to know who we are, you know, we’re humans too.”

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