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By Alex Groves
Associate Editor 

Murrieta officers experience what it's like to have Alzheimer's


Last updated 5/24/2018 at 10:39am

Shane Gibson

Murrieta Police officers from left, Capt. Rob Firmes, Chad Staat and Jennifer Metoyer prepare to participate in a simulation of the disabilities and effect of dementia by wearing a variety of items that recreate some of the attributes of the disease at the Vineyard Place memory care facility in Murrieta, May 16. The simulation will help officers better understand and be empathetic to the effects of the disease when responding to calls regarding people with the disease.

Three young, healthy Murrieta police officers got to experience what it's like to have Alzheimer's during an exercise at a memory care facility last week.

Officer Chad Staat, Officer Jennifer Metoyer and Police Captain Rob Firmes all participated in an a "virtual dementia tour" at Vineyard Place on Wednesday, May 16, that had them wearing vision obscuring glasses, thick gloves, noise-emitting headphones and spiked insoles inside their shoes that simulated the sensory effects of the disease.

While wearing the different items the officers had to complete a series of tasks that included fold...

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