Midwest City police unveil high-tech simulator, preparation for high stress events

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Midwest City has made a major investment in lethal force police training for their officers.

Wednesday, the police department invited NewsChannel 4 to take the first look at their brand new training center.

The project has been in their works since January, when the department was granted a Midwest City Hospital Authority grant for about $140,000.

Officers renovated the department's aging property room, which was most recently been used as a storage closet.

In it's place, the department now has a state of the art training simulator.

"This is the training we need to be on the cutting edge," said Police Chief Brandon Clabes. "We're excited about it."

Projects light up a 180 degree screen and bring to life a number of terrifying scenarios, including an active shooter inside an office building, a mentally ill patient armed with a weapon and more.

"We'll put our officers in deadly force situations here, and they have to make the right decision," Clabes said.

The weapons are all real, department-issued glocks and rifles with an air cartridge to replace the magazine and a computerized laser instead of the slide.

Behind the computer controls, an instructor can increase the intensity of the exercises to maximize the stress.

"It's important to understand how the body responds to stress and how we do things," said Capt. Greg Wipfli. "If we can train officers to understand that process, it will help them in the field to be able to control their heart rate, control that stuff to make better decisions."

Each run-through in the simulator makes officers better equipped to make a life or death call in the field.

The Midwest City Police department has already invited several community groups to test out their training simulator to better understand the stress officers experience on the job.

Clabes plans to allow other smaller police departments the opportunity to take part in the training, as well.

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