Police Simulator Provides Glimpse Of Making Split-Second Decisions

(FOX 11) - Following Sunday's deadly officer-involved shooting on Skid Row, there have been concerns raised about the Los Angeles Police Department's ability to handle confrontations with the mentally ill.

The LAPD invited reporters to a training session Tuesday in hopes of offering a better understanding of what it's like for an officer out in the field and using deadly force.

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The LAPD's Forced Option Simulator, or "FOS," allows the trainee to work through various patrol scenarios and use their own understanding of the law and the tools available to them to take decisive action.

The simulator provides a glimpse of what's like to work under the same pressures as an officer and make split-second decisions.

"It's not that we're trying to change your opinion, but we would sure like to give you a different perspective of what it is to be a Los Angeles police officer," said LAPD officer Joseph Johnson.

FOX 11 reporter Gina Silva was given a "gun" and instructions to try and de-escalate a simulated situation involving a man contemplating suicide.

Watch her experience in the video above.

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