Police use 'firearms simulator' for special training

The Texas Municipal Police Association brought state of the art equipment to train Rio Grande Valley police on how to react when confronted.

Since Monday, Edinburg police officers have been put to the test by using a firearm simulator.

The training gives officers a glimpse of what they could face on the streets.

In one scenario, police face a disgruntled employee.

Another scenario is of a domestic dispute where a woman will not put down a beer bottle and threatens to use it as a weapon.

While the police are put through these real-life tests, a person in the back controls what happens in the scene depending on how the police reacts.

For example, if the police is aggressive, the suspect in the scenario may be even more combative prompting officers to react effectively.

Noel Johnson with the Texas Municipal Police Association spoke to Action 4 News about the training.

"Whether it TMs in verbal commands or using less lethal options like pepper spray or taser or using guns interacting in real life scenarios but in the confines of a classroom environment where it's a safe environment so that they can make the best decisions they can possibly make on the street, Johnson said.

The last time some officers received some type of simulation training was about eight to ten years ago partly because the equipment is not available in the Valley.

But all departments can request it be brought in.

If any other department is interested in this training, they are urged to contact the association.