New Simulator Designed To Improve Officer Training, Safety

DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Police Department has a new tool that is designed to prevent deadly shootings and improve public safety.

The 300-degree training simulator is part of a redesign of the police department’s entire training program. That redesign has an emphasis on improving critical thinking in a scenario that requires split second decisions.

What makes the simulation different is that a person is controlling the scenario, deciding what happens next based on how the trainee is handling the situation.

The new Denver Police Department training simulator. (credit: CBS)

The new Denver Police Department training simulator. (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Jamie Leary described the simulator as very real and graphic. The simulator has about 100 different scenarios in which officers have the ability to use a number of tools. Some of those include verbal de-escalation and less lethal options like pepper spray or tasers.

With the new simulator, police will be able to create scenarios using local settings like the 16th Street Mall.

CBS4's Jamie Leary uses the new Denver Police Department training simulator. (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Jamie Leary uses the new Denver Police Department training simulator. (credit: CBS)

The simulator cost about $300,000 and was purchased by the Denver Police Foundation. The new training tool will be available not just to Denver Police Department officers but also regional law enforcement.

Comments

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  1. Floyd Borakove says:

    Thank you DPD. Happy to see this proactive training taking shape.

  2. MICHAEL CORN says:

    Why? The DPD is known as the most excessive force department in the country, per capita. Cops do not follow their chief nor his policies, just the 3 times fired ex-Deputy chief Frank Gale, now president of their union, replacing a kid beating detective. He leads a force with 800 excessive force complaints over the last 8 years by 400 of the 1500 cops with multiple complaints. This is the type of cops they hire from ex-military PTSD victims. They do not serve. They refuse to serve. They file false reports. They make up charges after they arrest and file false reports. Total corruption from Top to bottom

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