Jackson County purchased a de-escalation training simulator

Kansas City, Mo.

The simulator is designed to better prepare deputies for real-life incidents that often lead to officer-involved shootings.

The training is supposed to help officers identify conditions like autism and mental illness in people they encounter.

The focus is on de-escalation techniques, knowing when officers should use deadly force, adapting to low-light conditions, and improving officer weapons skills.

“It’s all about de-escalation,” Sgt. Jeff Carpenter of the Jackson County sheriff’s office said. “That’s the main purpose of the simulator is de-escalation and expecting the unexpected. Learn to keep your head on a swivel and learn what’s going to happen.”

Simulators use actors to make training realistic and scenarios can take different paths based on decisions made by the trainer or instructor.

Although Kansas City police already have a similar training simulator, Jackson County hopes to offer the technology to suburban police forces and corrections officers who do not have access to these resources.

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