Hi-tech Cedar Park gun range will help officers train for deadly situations
A gun range is being installed in Cedar Park to help train police officers to make the best split-second decisions possible.
In just two weeks, officers will begin using the range. Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix says it will help with judgement-based training.
"It's going to be about the most realistic environment we can provide them," said Mannix.
The two lane range will also accommodate live fire and abides by federal regulations.
A Milo Range simulator inside will be programed with 700 different scenarios. Those scenarios range from incidents where officers should simply talk to the suspect and de-escalate a situation, to incidents requiring deadly force.
The range will also allow for officers to move around inside.
"If the simulation they're facing is an active shooter in the school, it's going to be simulated that they are walking down the hallway to engage that target," said Mannix.
Jake Cook, vice president of Shooting Range Industries says the range 'fits the bill' for everyone from small police departments to military entities. They've installed the ranges all around the world.
Although Cedar Park is regarded as a safe community, Chief Mannix believes being prepared for every situation will help keep it that way.
Chief Mannix says the department will allow other local police departments to utilize the range, under his department's supervision.