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St. Clair Township police prepare for split second decisions

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ST. CLAIR TWP., Ohio - Police responding to calls can be required to face a split second decision. In Calcutta Saint Clair Township police are receiving training to help them prepare for real life situations they can encounter.

Through this video simulation provided by the Ohio Attorney General Peace Officers Training Mobile Academy, officers respond to domestic calls, active shooter situations in schools and active threat scenarios. Mike Golec, an instructor with the Attorney General's OPOTA training program, tells us situations in real life are dynamic and changing. Golec says this training provides an opportunity to evaluate the skills and tactics that officers already have, against a training scenario, and then officers can assess if they need to make any improvements. He tells us there are about 400 training scenarios.

Saint Clair Police Chief Don Hyatt requested the training for his department and invited other departments throughout Columbiana County. Hyatt says with budget constraints having the training come to the department saves thousands of dollars. The Chief explains that's why he invited officers who wanted to attend from surrounding departments. Hyatt adds when a split second decision must be made, he hopes the training will help officers make the decision they need to save their life and help keep the public safe.

Patrolman Carl Nolder says the training and review is critical since there is no rewind in life. Nolder says it's great officers and the instructor can actually go back and rewind and assess every action, what they did right and wrong.

Everything in the driving simulator mobile trailer is set up like a real police cruiser. In this training officers can review how they perform responding to the scene of an accident, crime, or call. The instructor emphasizes 42 of the 126 officers killed in the line of duty last year died in traffic related accidents. Daniel Pastor, an OPOTA Law Enforcement Instructor, says officers need to assess their speed, whether they are going too fast, and whether they have the skills to try and avoid collisions with people who are not paying attention. Pastor adds officers have to be able to go above and beyond to protect not only themselves but first and foremost the public.

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