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Willmar Police Officer Chad Oakleaf participates in a training program that uses a laser-equipped handgun and large video screen to simulate a wide variety of real life scenarios. Oakleaf joined 65 other officers from the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office for the training at the county's Emergency Operations Center. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Firearms simulator helps Willmar, Minn., law enforcement officers train for real calls

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WILLMAR -- The screen image of an apparently intoxicated man randomly firing a handgun in an empty parking garage wasn't real. But, then again, neither was the spray of lethal bullets from the red and blue gun in Officer Chad Oakleaf's hand. What was very real was the use-of-force and firearms training this week for Oakleaf and 65 other officers from the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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