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Robot Helps Cops Shoot, Stay Safe

KSAL StaffJuly 20, 2017

Because the bad guys don’t always stand still, Salina Police officers now have another tool to practice their marksmanship.

Officers recently began training with a moving target at SPD’s shooting range.

“It’s primary purpose is to have a moving platform to shoot at to improve our shooting ability,” said Chief of Police Brad Nelson.

“You can also put a camera on it which can be very helpful in SWAT operations.”

Chief Nelson joined in on the KSAL Morning News Thursday with a look at the new 4-wheeled robot from Moto Shot Moving Target Systems. A hand held remote controller is used to direct the path and speed of the unit which can handle various terrain challenges.

Nelson added that in addition to being a tool to help simulate conditions to diagnose shoot – no shoot situations, it also can be used in the field with a camera to help keep officers safe.

“You don’t have to put an officer in harms way because you can just move this robot up there and it can take a look in windows. It can look in the back of cars and such and again the officer won’t be in danger,” he said.

The mannequin-like character, made of a thin plastic is attached to a a piece of 2×4 lumber during simulations and target practice.

A steel drum can also be placed on the beam for practice on a smaller moving target that rings when it’s hit by a round.

According to Chief Nelson, the $12,226 moving target system was funded through a grant under the auspice of the Greater Salina Community Foundation as a gift to the Salina Police Department Excellence Fund which was founded in July of 2016.



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