GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – In the wake of police-involved shootings across the U.S., the Green Bay Police Department is hoping to enlighten the community about the split-second nature of their jobs. With an active-shooter simulation, officers showed UW-Green Bay students and others what it’s like to be in their shoes.
They were shown a video with different situations and had to make a split-second decision whether to pull the trigger. Of course it wasn’t real but it’s something police deal with in their line of work with real consequences.
Officers say they’re trained to stop threats as quickly as possible but usually enter dangerous situations with limited information.
“We’re trying to put people in police officers’ situations with this training simulator, trying to make them understand that things happen so quickly, in the blink of an eye. You have to make that decision in less than a second. And you really have to get people to understand that being a police officer is a difficult job, and it takes a special person to do that,” Police Capt. Kevin Warych said.
The simulation was held at UW-green Bay but open to the general public.
Police say they hope the simulation improves their relationship with citizens and opens a dialogue with the community.