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By Garth Meyer
Whitman County Gazette 

Colfax police receive lethal force training


Garth Meyer | Whitman County Gazette

Colfax Officer Perry Tate draws a pistol simulator during the training.

COLFAX - The Colfax police, Whitman County Sheriff's Office, and Palouse police received their annual "use-of-force decision making" training.

Parked in the lot next to Colfax city hall was a trailer, housing a large video screen and equipment.

An officer goes through five different one-minute simulations, in which they are tasked with deciding on whether to use lethal force. An actor on screen reacts to choices the officer makes. Officers use a handgun and rifle shooting a laser as the scenarios are played out on the screen.

A debriefing follows to determine "whether the decisions they ma...

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