Community leaders offered police training to better understand how it works
Several Ocean County community and religious leaders were given the opportunity to partake in police training exercises in order to gain a better understanding of how police officers operate.
Dr. Mohamed Nabeel Elmasry, chairman of the Muslim Society of Jersey Shore, and the Rev. William Greene, pastor at the Second Baptist Church of Toms River, participated in a firearm training simulator to see what officers must deal with in various situations.
"To just get a feel for what the officer experiences in the use of deadly force," says Green. "You can explain to the community what you felt."
The Ocean County prosecutor says that he hopes that they take the lessons they learned back to their communities so they can all understand what police officers must go through.
"I think this brings reality. They get to see the different circumstances that a police officer would be facing, and the split-second decision making that is necessary to whether use force or not use force," says Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato.
The participants say that they were also interested in learning about the process of investigating police-related shootings, especially how long the process can take.