Posted originally on blog.berettausa.com by Sara Ahrens on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 @ 07:30 AM
Introducing stress to a firearms training program can help inoculate shooters against stress and preventing panic. Those who consistently train outside their comfort zones will be better able to handle the stress brought about by competition, and even deadly force encounters. There are several methods that shooters can use to artificially replicate or heighten stress during training. Which training method to use is many times dictated by the location of the practice. Some training methods are not conducive to certain locations. Some more common methods law enforcement officers use in training to increase stress levels include: physical exertion / cardio and strength training exercises, use of a shot timer, competition between officers, the Dieter Drill (or Hood Drill), and reality-based training employing the use of airsoft, paintballs, or Simunitions® weapons, all the way to more complex simulators, like the VirTra System. Whatever method is used, it is critical that proper safeguards are identified and followed. Read more…
DAHLGREN, Va. – The Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Police Department hosted police officers from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) for advanced tactical training June 19-21. The training was intended to sharpen the officers’ skills in several areas, such as active shooter response. The mini-course included classroom time, practical application, night vision training, live-fire and time in the VirTra Systems simulator.
Bob Brooks, chief of NSASP police, was impressed with the JBAB police officers’ performance. “We offered this course to all the bases in the region, however only JBAB was able to send interested officers,” he said. “The officers that attended from JBAB did an outstanding job and definitely represented their department well. I, as well as all of the other instructors, were very impressed with their abilities, professionalism and enthusiasm.”
For the practical application portion of the course, the JBAB police officers conducted active-shooter response drills inside one of Dahlgren’s buildings. In a maze-like layout, with multiple opposing danger areas, safely is a challenge for any police officer. Though, training can be tailored to all skill levels. Read more…
We connected with four of the top industry experts in the area of police simulators, and got their thoughts on the challenges, solutions, and future prospects for this continually-developing technology.
Even as police agencies continue to work with diminishing training budgets, many are choosing to make fairly hefty investments in computer-driven simulators for use-of-force and emergency driving training.
While this this has led to grumbling among a certain few, it’s possible that critics of this strategy may not be fully aware of the potential long-term benefits agencies might enjoy. When simulators are properly integrated into a complete curriculum of use-of-force/live-fire and behind-the-wheel EVOC training, they do benefit officers in their jobs.
We connected with four of the top industry experts in the area of police simulators, and got their thoughts on the challenges, solutions, and future prospects for this continually-developing technology. Here, in part one of this two-part series (part two will post in this space one week from today, on May 23) we begin the discussion with some of the training issues this amazing technology can solve for law enforcement.
Tundra International is pleased to announce that it has entered into an exclusive partnership with Mr David Hammond, Barrister of 9 Bedford Row International Chambers, London to identify and develop new technology based training methods to test personnel on their knowledge and application of the Rules for the Use of Force and the ’100 Series Rules’ as it applies to the maritime security environment.
The 100 Series Rules, created by David Hammond, a UK Counsel and barrister-at-law who heads up the maritime practice at the International division of 9 Bedford Row Chambers (http://9bri.com/members/david-hammond), are intended to be a model set and example of best practice for maritime Rules for the Use of Force, and they are intended to compliment current industry RUF guidance, as well as supporting the requirements of ISO PAS 28007 as an international regulatory document. They are being developed for the use and benefit of the entire maritime industry with support and technical advice from international organisations such as the Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI) and BIMCO, and are under-pinned by a thorough public international and criminal law legal review using an objective international law test of what is “reasonable and necessary” and “proportionate” when force is used in self-defence. See www.100seriesrules.com Read more…
Half a continent away, in Kansas City, MO, Patrol Capt. Matthew “Tye” Grant is bringing Force Science education to influential civilians, one grand jury panel at a time.
In cooperation with local prosecutors, Grant, a certified Force Science Analyst and a former KCPD academy supervisor, spends three to four hours with each grand jury in his jurisdiction that is scheduled to pass judgment on an officer-involved shooting. His role: give the jurors an eye-opening and unforgettable immersion in cop reality before they vote on the OISs before them.
“I’m not trying to bias them but to inform them of fundamental truths that critically influence officers’ performance but that most of the jurors and other civilians have absolutely no knowledge about whatsoever,” Grant told Force Science News.
Although Kansas City currently averages about two OISs a month, Grant does not discuss any particular case with the jurors. The information he conveys relates to common deadly force issues–”situations officers typically get involved in and have to make decisions about and things citizens wonder about.”