Learning About Law Enforcement


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) So what do police officers really do every day at work? Today more than two dozen Twin Falls Chamber of Commerce members found out first hand.

Have you ever had somebody who's never had to do your job ask you, "How hard could it be?" After the Magic Valley Leadership Program featured Law and Justice Day, you can be sure that the people who attended know what it takes for law enforcement officers.

Don Hall, CSI Law Enforcement Director, says, “First of all, they didn't realize some of the dangers that we face every day. They didn't realize the way officers approach vehicles the way that they do. They're just becoming more educated about the dynamics of being a law enforcement officer.”

One of the exercises included an interactive film where trainees walk into a convenience store and find somebody who might shoot them or not.

John Howard with Falls Brand says, “As I went through the shooting simulator, it can be pretty stressful. It happens just like that, and they can change it up. It's going to be a fire/don't fire scenario.”

Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce members also got to try their hand in a police driving simulator. It features actual Twin Falls streets and landmarks.

It's not as easy as it looks, but the good news is if you wreck a police car in the computer, at least you don't have to pay for a replacement.

Hall says, “Just like when the community can go out and do ride-alongs with police officers to get to know them a little better. This is another way for citizens to get involved with their law enforcement agencies and have a better understanding.’

Other local businesses visited so far in the ongoing leadership program include Glanbia and Independent Meat.

Apr. 18, 2013.

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