The 86-officer strong police department in Canton, Ohio is purchasing video game-like simulation technology called the MILO Range Pro 4 system. Developed and sold by IES Interactive Training, the MILO Range Pro 4 system offers more than 500 crime-scene scenarios to improve police skills in the field - from talking a suspect down in a threatening situation to last resort tactics like shooting suspects. The police department expects to have its officers using the system by sometime early next year.
The simulation platform consists of a large screen that projects the action in first-person, the software technology that makes it all work, and various peripherals. The Canton police department received various grants so that the new system wouldn't take away any money from the budget. A $10,000 grant was given by the Ford Motor Co. a $5,000 donation was given by the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association, and $18,695 was provided by a federal Justice Assistance Grant - along with dollars generated from local crime-related forfeitures.
Hometown Life has a more in-depth report on why the Canton PD believes it needed this technology in this news story.
Source: Hometown Life