Highland’s Criminal Law students get hands-on with new ‘Use of Force’ simulator

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FREEPORT, Ill. (WTVO) — Highland Community College unveiled its new “Use of Force” simulator for the school’s Criminal Justice program.

The simulator puts students in scenarios where they’re forced to choose from tools on their belt. While some situations can be diffused verbally, but at times they have to use a Tazer or a gun.

The simulator will mostly be used to enhance a student’s education in ethics, law, and law enforcement, along with developing critical and verbal communication skills.

“The hands-on learning experience ingrains the situation even better,” said instructor Jennifer Roser. “In the field of criminal justice, situations can escalate so fast. It’s important to give students that type of education, so they know how quickly things can go. But, giving them real-life environments and hands-on active learning gives them a better experience of what the field is going to be like.”

The “Use of Force” simulator was given to Highland Community College through a donation.

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