SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Police departments, sheriff's offices and other law enforcement agencies from across North Carolina send men and women to the small town of Salemburg in Sampson County. It is home to one of two campuses for the North Carolina Justice Academy, where experts in law enforcement work to better prepare officers to protect the public.
The newest piece of training equipment is a Use of Force Simulator. At a cost of more than $100,000, the interactive simulator can put an officer through thousands of realistic scenarios.
With an instructor manipulating the program to react to an officer's commands or movements, the same video can take different turns, resulting in violent or peaceful conclusions.
Each session can be recorded and reviewed, allowing instructors to articulate where the officer acted properly and where mistakes were made.
The recent series of police-related shootings across the United States has focused more attention on the training of law enforcement officers, and the relationships between law enforcement and African-American communities.
The academy offers Juvenile Minority Sensitivity Training, which is updated annually and required for every officer in North Carolina.
See the simulator in action Monday night in Jon Evans' special report "Training for Trouble," Monday night on WECT News at 6.