Belmont County sheriff's deputies have been through a variety of emergencies this week, all on a simulated screen, thanks to a mobile training center brought in from Attorney General Mike DeWine's Ohio Police Officers Training Academy.
During the training, officers participated in two different courses - driving and firearms. In each one, they were part of a scenario on the screen, whether it be a bad driver on the roads or an active shooter in a school. As they watched, they had to react to the situation as it unfolded, and they were graded.
Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas said all 58 of his deputies and jailers took part in the courses. He said the video simulator trains officers to make
split-second decisions about what kind of force to use in different
situations, for instance the tazer, their handgun, or nothing at all.