The National City Police Department (NCPD) hosted a Use of Force Community Workshop on Saturday morning.
The unique and interactive Community Outreach Program (COP) is designed to inform members of the community on law enforcement’s use of force options and the effects they have on communities.
The workshop allows members of the community to test their responses to situations police officers are often called out to.
Officers trained the students before putting them through the life-like scenarios.
They armed students with tasers, batons, and air soft guns.
Students went through simulated calls including domestic violence fights and traffic stops, and students had to decide what level of force to use and found out how quickly things can turn.
“I really respect the duty and the description of an officer because at the end of the day they're human just like I am," said participant Lakeysha Sowummi.
Participants had an opportunity to role-play in different scenarios as responding officers, as well as listen to and talk about use of force options.
National City Police say the workshop also helps officers open up a dialogue about policing between officers and the community.
The workshop took place at the National City Police Department from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.