ST. LOUIS – Officers in East St. Louis are receiving new training from a simulator rented by the department in effort to better handle real life situations.
Police Chief Michael Floree picks a scenario at random to test his officers’ skills. Using one of the three simulator guns, officers decide if the suspect on screen should be shot. Then the machine decides if the officer’s actions were justified.
Floree said he had been working to bring in more training for his officer, but had to figure out how to foot the bill.
“We use the money out of forfeiture money, any drug money taken we can use for training,” Floree said.
Floree added that the department will have the machine for two months.