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Local officers prepare for worst-case scenarios
WPD Patrolman Dan Henderson readies his gun to fire during a simulated situation in which a gunman has entered a school and taken several students as hostages. The video based scenarios cover a variety of situations from traffic stops and rowdy bar goers to school and workplace violence and force continuum, preparing local officers for situations they might never see during their career but would be ready to handle. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Ninety-nine percent of the time Wabash Police Department officers don’t have their guns drawn during daily life situations, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, WPD public information officer.
 
However, officers need to be ready for that 1 percent and that’s where the annual Firearms Training Simulator (F.A.T.S.) comes in.
 
On Friday, Feb. 5, the WPD trained for disastrous and domestic situations using a life-size video training simulator provided by Tactical Edge Protective Services of Warsaw.
 
The WPD trained in conjunction with the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and the North Manchester Police Department to reinforce the use of force decisions in the field.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09