Hamilton County simulator helps officers train when to use force

Use of force simulator (WTVC)

CHATTANOOGA (WATE) – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office hopes new technology will help officers make decisions about when to use and when not to use force.

The sheriff’s office unveiled their new “Use of Force Simulator” Wednesday. The $70,000 state-of-the-art simulator has more than 500 active scenarios and the software allows for even more outcomes.

Use of force simulator (WTVC)
Use of force simulator (WTVC)

“Whether it’s with the baton or with a weapon or with mace, whether it’s just physical with our hands, training is essential to get that down,” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond told WTVC.

AEGIS, a non-profit police foundation, raised funds to buy the simulator. Hamilton County officials said by having a simulator inside the county will save them roughly $6,000 a year in training costs.

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