MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio (WYTV) – More everyday people are getting the chance to walk in the footsteps of local police to test their own reactions in tense situations.
Police from Campbell and Youngstown held another of their “role-reversal” training exercises Thursday.
This time, they invited local politicians, including the mayors of both cities. They also included local pastors and leaders from the area Urban League and NAACP.
The sessions allow civilians to get a first-hand look at what officers face on the streets, and the split-second decisions that are made.
“Every action causes a reaction, so that reaction becomes an action itself that is reacted to. What I am saying, speaking to kids from not a fear standpoint but from a standpoint of understanding,” said L.K. Williams, with the Warren Chapter of the NAACP.
The participants go through scenarios involving interactive videos as well as serving arrest warrants and traffic stops. After each, they talk over the exercises with training officers from both departments.
Julie Wike with Basement Outreach Ministries was in on one of the sessions. She said it opened her eyes up to what goes on.
“In one little area, you know, what they encounter with someone, even coming out of a car that’s been on the run. This is very important,” Wike said.