Lawton Police Department upgrades shooting simulator - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Lawton Police Department upgrades shooting simulator

[Source KSWO] [Source KSWO]

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)-Lawton Police Department tested their decision-making skills Thursday on their newly upgraded shooting simulator.


Its official name is "Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives", and it has been in use for about seven years, but is now equipped with more than one-hundred new scenarios to better train officers for real-life situations.


Lawton Police Department Sergeant Stephanie Crawford said she's been using the shooting simulator since they got the system in 2010.

She believes the system is a training tool that can better prepare all officers before going out in the field. 

"All situations that police officers are facing each day in the job is always different,” said Crawford. “Every situation is different. You don't know what you're going to get into each time."

The simulator allows officers to practice how they would react in a variety of situations that may require them to pull their weapon on a suspect.

The simulated situations range from calls like domestic assault to a murder suspect on the loose or you can even create your own.

In one scenario, a former employee was fired a week ago, from his job and returned to his workplace for his last check but was acting erratically.

Sergeant Crawford had to make the decision to shoot the suspect after he began waving a knife and coming towards her.

"In real life, the decision we have to make are split second decisions,” said Crawford. “This is very realistic to that. You don't know what's going to come next. Is the person going to comply and follow commands or does the person have a weapon."

Lawton Police Department Sergeant Timothy Jenkins agreed with Crawford that with these upgrades it better quips officers with what they will see in the real world.


"So, if were able to come in and be presented with things you see on the street on a daily basis than were able to get different tools in our toolbox when we do see these scenarios,” said Jenkins.

Sergeant Crawford said the simulator helped her be more alert in real life and better interpret both body language and what a suspect is saying before acting.

She said the simulator is something she couldn't do her job without.

"Some of those can be very nonlethal and some of the situations can be lethal,” said Crawford. “It's very important for us to be trained and prepared for those situations so the outcome is appropriate for the suspect and the officer."

Copyright 2017 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

    Monday, May 21 2018 10:21 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:21:59 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 10:57 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:57:13 GMT
    The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)The justices ruled 5-4 Monday, with the court's conservative members in the majority, that businesses can force employees to individually use arbitration to resolve disputes. (Source: Supremecourt.gov)

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

    A new Supreme Court will allow employers to prohibit workers from banding together to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace.

  • Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'

    Texas school shooting survivors face a 'spiritual war zone'

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:52:04 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 10:56 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:56:59 GMT
    (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.(Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP). A billboard is seen off of I-45 near Santa Fe, Texas, where a student shot and killed eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

    The shooting suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been jailed on capital murder charges.

  • Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Trump to DOJ: Investigate whether FBI infiltrated campaign

    Monday, May 21 2018 12:51 AM EDT2018-05-21 04:51:49 GMT
    Monday, May 21 2018 10:55 AM EDT2018-05-21 14:55:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File). FILE - In this Thursday, May 17, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington. Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open ...

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

    Trump's demand puts further pressure on the Justice Department, which later Sunday asked its watchdog to expand an existing probe of FBI actions, as the White House combats the threat posed by special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation.

Powered by Frankly
<div id="CDEV-footer"> <div class="top"> <div class="search-box"> <div class="wnSearchBox" id="WNSearchBox-bottom"><form method="get" onsubmit="return wnValidateSearchTerm(this,0)" action="/Global/searchresults.asp"><span>Can't Find Something? </span><input type="text" class="wnQueryText" name="qu" size="20" value="" placeholder="Search For It Here"><input type="submit" class="wnSubmit" value="Search"></form></div> </div> <div class="station-info"> <div class="logo"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/professionalservices/clients/raycom/kswo/2015/images/kswo-footer-logo.png" width="103" height="98" border="0" /></div> <div class="contact"> <div>1401 SE 60th Street<br>Lawton, OK 73501</div> <div>(580) 355-7000</div> </div> <div class="fcc"> <div><a href="https://publicfiles.fcc.gov/tv-profile/kswo-tv">FCC Public File</a></div> <a href="mailto:nbowers@kswo.com">nbowers@kswo.com</a> <div>(580) 355-7000</div> <a href="/link/759231/eeo-report">EEO Report</a> <a href="/story/30715922/closed-captioning">Closed Captioning</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="footer-main-nav"> <ul class="link-group"> <!--<li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li> <li><a href="#">News Now Link</a></li>--> </ul> </div> <div class="news-link"> <ul class="link-group"> <li><a href="http://www.ktre.com/category/241993/texas-news-now">Texas News Now</a></li> </ul> </div> <div class="bottom"> <div class="copyrightText"> <a id="wnLogo" href="http://www.worldnow.com"><img src="http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wncorp/logos/worldnow_white.png" id="wn"></a> <div class="text"> All content &copy; Copyright 2000 - 2018 Raycom Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our <a href="/story/8774923/privacy-policy">Privacy Policy</a> and <a href="/story/8775106/terms-of-service">Terms of Service</a>. </div> <div class="clear"></div> </div> </div> </div>