See the simulator Tulsa police use to train for ‘use of force’ situations

VIDEO: TPD introduces simulation to help community understand experiences

TULSA, Okla. — The Tulsa Police Department and U.S. Attorney’s Office showcased a “use of force” simulator on Wednesday in an effort to connect with the community.

The U.S. Attorney’s office bought the simulator to show the Tulsa community situations that law enforcement officers face daily.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores says the goal is to facilitate productive conversations about those situations.

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Oct. 28, 2020 - FOX23's Sara Whaley gets a look at the "use of force" simulator used by the Tulsa Police Department.
Oct. 28, 2020 - FOX23's Sara Whaley gets a look at the "use of force" simulator used by the Tulsa Police Department. (FOX23)

Members of the media tried the simulator out on Wednesday at the Tusla Police Academy.

The simulator has 700 different scenarios that participants acting as officers -- equipped with a pistol, a taser and pepper spray -- can take part in.

The scenario plays out, allowing the person to talk to the screen as the computer operator adapts in multiple different ways, changing what the “suspect” does based on what the “officer” says and does.

At the end, the “officer” is able to de-escalate the situation, or uses force in some way.

Shores says he hopes to put lawmakers and other leaders through the simulator. He also wants other community members including students to be able to experience the simulator through outreaches like Project Trust in our community.

FILE - Tulsa police patrol vehicles
FILE - Tulsa police patrol vehicles (FOX23)

Tulsa police say cadets in their academy go through 358 hours of training directly related to “use of force.” Annually Tulsa officers go through about 13 use of force training hours.

In 2020, the Tulsa Police Department says they have made about 10,000 arrests, reporting the use of force in only 157 of those arrests. “Use of force” includes anything from a physical altercation all the way to shooting.