Toppenish police starts simulator training program

TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Toppenish police just started training on its new simulator program. It creates real life scenarios to get hands-on experience.

All Toppenish police and volunteers will get trained on the program. That's more than 40 people combined. The simulator cost $68,000, which came from a Legends Casino grant. Toppenish police said it helps with hand eye coordination.

"It's very realistic especially with the sound and quality of the simulation, the weight of the gun," said Toppenish Police Chief Adam Diaz.

Training on the simulator is open to any police department in the Lower Valley. Toppenish police said it also needs more volunteer police explorers. You have to be ages 14 to 20 to join. You can sign up at the Toppenish Police Department.