Monmouth County, New Jersey recently installed a VirTra V-300 simulator training system as part of its new Situational Training and Response Simulator (STARS) facility, an advanced training center for first responders that’s the first of its kind in the state.
Virtual Reality Training System Unveiling
County officials unveiled the VirTra virtual reality training system technology as part of an official ribbon-cutting marking the grand opening of the STARS facility. As part of the activities, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office invited members of the media, including reporters from KPIX-11 and CBS-2 in New York City, to experience the same potentially life-threatening situations that law enforcement officers can face every day in the field.
The V-300 Use of Force Training System
The V-300 at the STARS facility will train personnel from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Police Academy and the Monmouth County Police Chiefs Association, and first responders from fire, EMS and other agencies can also take advantage of the training as well.
Reporters that participated noted the realism that VirTra’s patented Threat-FireTM technology provided, and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden described the advantages that V-AuthorTM offers in allowing local agencies to fully customize their training by inserting local buildings or other landmarks into their own unique virtual scenarios to make them even more realistic for their personnel.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni praised the VirTra technology at the event, calling it “the most effective, as close to real-time as possible,” and added that law enforcement needs to constantly innovate and be on the “tip of the spear” to ensure that they stay ahead of the constantly evolving threats facing police officers in today’s environment.
A Realistic Police Simulator
The VirTra purchase received support and funding by the local Board of Masons, which, like many other government bodies, is working more closely with law enforcement to fund innovative training and advanced training facilities like STARS and one in San Luis Obispo County that permit multiple agencies to reap the benefits of VirTra’s state-of-the-art technology.
In addition, training on the VirTra system is included as part of a Citizen’s Police Academy that the Monmouth County Police Academy offers to area residents, allowing them to see and experience life-threatening emergency situations that call for split-second decision-making. Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden called the Academy a great opportunity for citizens to learn about the tremendous responsibilities that law enforcement has in keeping them safe.
VirTra is proud that its simulation technology is helping government and law enforcement agencies like those in Monmouth County and around the country to train officers to become better prepared to handle the stress of use of force situations and educate citizens on the deadly threats that officers can encounter.