Few things prepare an officer for the real thing. But this comes awfully close.
D.C. police opened a new warehouse-sized facility in southwest called the Tactical Village.
Inside this building the size of an aircraft hangar, D.C. Police have built a facility that can double as a neighborhood with streets, stores, and even a simulated police station.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier showed off the place this week to the mayor, reporters and other city officials.
In one demonstration, a member of the emergency response team rappels down the outside of the building and turns himself upside down to look inside a window.
In another, a K9 officer shows how his dog reacts when a suspect begins assaulting him.
The building, which has been built on the grounds of the training academy, took years to design, guided along by the D.C. Police foundation, a nonprofit support group.
No, officers have a state of the art training facility rivaling few others.
An all-weather facility where officers can learn how to handle whatever their instructors dream up.
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