Sioux City Police and Woodbury County Deputies have a new video training simulator so their officers may safely train on responding to critical incident situations.
Sgt. Steve Ten Napel, Training Coordinator with the Sioux City Police, says the VirTra-180 system has over 200 video situations simulated where an officer would choose from a variety of tactics to resolve the encounter:
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Major Tony Wingert of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department says there are even simulations in dealing with jail inmates:
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The simulator was funded in part by a $100-thousand dollar MRHD grant.
It replaces a system that went out of date nearly a decade ago and hasn’t functioned in recent years.
Dakin Schultz, President of Missouri River Historical Development, says the grant was the largest MRHD awarded iin their fall application process:
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Other area police departments such as Sgt. Bluff will also be able to have their officers take the training in the near future.
Photos by George Lindblade & Woody Gottburg