The new high-tech system, like a crime-fighting video game, uses a large movie-type screen and computer technology, the article said. The purpose is to improve judgment in use-of-force options like which weapons to deploy or whether to simply use voice commands, according to the article.
The 86-officer department will use more than 500 crime-scene scenarios to polish police skills like talking a suspect out of a threatening situation and knowing when to use last-resort shooting to kill, the article said.
“It challenges the officer's judgment skills,” Public Safety Director Patrick Nemecek told the Observer.
The department is buying the $33,695 system from Ann Arbor-based IES Interactive Training, according to the article. The money comes from a $10,000 gift given by the Ford Motor Co. Fund through the Canton Community Foundation, a $5,000 donation from the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association and $18,695 from a federal Justice Assistance Grant and local crime-related forfeiture dollars, according to the article.