When a police officer is called out to a scene, sometimes they have just seconds to react. Knowing the best way to act is imperative for both the officer and everyone else involved.
In just a few weeks, Cedar Park police will begin using a new training facility that will help them with their reactions.
"We're actually the first department in the state to have the system," Chief of Police Sean Mannix said.
The 800 square foot space may be small, but it packs two lanes for target practice and an interactive Milo Range simulator that will virtually expose officers to situations they'd encounter in real life. In the simulator, officers will be working their way through more than 700 interactive scenarios, dealing with anything from an active shooter to domestic disputes.
The goal is to be prepared for every situation before it ever happens. On top of that, officers will also be able to keep up with their firearms qualifications here instead of having to take a trip east to Hutto.
"We're going to be moving our annual qualifications to quarterly qualifications," Chief Mannix said. "Not only will we be honing their skills as far cognitive and verbal skills, but we'll also be honing the motor skills.
The total price paid for this facility is $470,000.
It was funded with money Cedar Park Police didn't use in last year's budget.