MSU Police unveil virtual training system

EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Michigan State University’s Police Department has a new virtual firearms training program.

Officials say it’s a way to better train their officers for any situation.

6 News Orko Manna got a first-hand look at the program and tells us more about how it works.

An MSU policeman is trying to calm someone down.

But this isn’t real it’s a 300-degree five-screen virtual training simulation.

MSUPD Lt. Matt Merony says simulated exercises help officers when they’re out in the field.

“It gives them sort of a baseline to fall back on. Say, hey, I’ve been in a situation like this before, I know how I’m going to do this,” said Lt. Matt Merony, MSU Police Dept.

And the scenarios in this simulation are based on real events including domestic disturbances and active shooter situations.

Lieutenant Merony controls how each scenario plays out based on the officer’s actions.

It’s one of the first of its kind in Michigan and 6 News gave it a shot. It’s harder than it looks nd though it seems like a game, it’s meant to educate police on when it’s okay to use force.

And with officer-involved shootings sparking outrage across the country police departments face questions about the actions they take.

“What is acceptable within the law, when they can escalate, and when they need to de-escalate,” said Lt. Merony.

Lt. Merony says this simulation will help officers make those decisions.

All MSU PD officers are required to go through the simulation and officials say it’ll be part of an on-going training effort in East Lansing.

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