Stationed at the West Central Texas Council of Governments facility on Loop 322, the simulator was part of a program giving police officers a chance to train safely their minds and bodies.
It’s not just high-speed chases, though as a member of the public, that certainly was my interest. Instead, the simulator allowed officers attending the two-week training course to experience various weather conditions, scenarios and do so without injuring themselves, the public or damaging property.
“You have to analyze the traffic around you, pedestrians, ’cause it’ll simulate different hazards, people coming out into the roadway,” Sgt. Cliff Griffin of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office said. “It teaches the officer, and reminds the officer, to be on the lookout for different things, not just what they’re doing, which could be a pursuit. It helps amplify our ability to be safe on the roads and keep our citizens safe.”
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, Abilene Reporter-News