Virtual Simulator Brings Immersive Training for De-escalation and Crisis Situations
Tempe, Ariz. — December 4, 2017 — VirTra, Inc. (OTCQX: VTSI), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, today announced that Missouri’s O’Fallon Police Department has installed a VirTra V-300™ simulator in its newly built Justice Center, which houses the police department, training center and vehicle fleet. The facility held its grand opening on Saturday, December 2.
The O’Fallon, Missouri, Police Department serves 86,000 residents. With the national focus on use of force and police training, the department saw an opportunity to better prepare its officers with training equipment designed to improve decision making in high-pressure situations. After significant research on the various options, the O’Fallon Police Department chose to include the VirTra V-300 judgmental use of force simulator as a major component in its new training facility.
“The new facility is the product of 10 years of planning and hard work and demonstrates O’Fallon’s commitment to protecting the public with advanced training that will prepare our officers to make good decisions in potentially volatile situations,” said Major Kyle Kelley of the O’Fallon Police Department. “The V-300 will also help members of our community see and understand some of the split-second decisions O’Fallon officers face on the street every day.”
Along with the VirTra V-300, the 97,000-square foot building’s training area has a seven-lane indoor firearms range, and a nearly 80-seat training room equipped with smart electronics. Each aspect is designed to make use of force and de-escalation training central to everything the department does.
The O’Fallon V-300 system includes Sig, Glock, TASER® and rifle options, along with Threat-Fire™ and V-Author™ accessories that allow trainers to customize content to local area scenarios.
“The addition of the Threat-Fire option was an important consideration for the department, since its previous single screen simulator was old technology with a tethered weapons system that could hinder training at times,” said Officer Ed Smith, O’Fallon’s range master and training officer. “The ability to incorporate local scenes and landmarks also was imperative, since O’Fallon is part of a multi-jurisdictional SWAT team that will make heavy use of the V-300 in the Justice Center facility to train its members.”
The VirTra V-300 system is capable of simulating hundreds of different scenarios that can convey body language and other non-verbal threat cues that are a crucial part of progressive judgmental use of force training. The V-300 also has multiple screens that offer a 300-degree view, and includes peripheral vision and weapons that closely match those used in the field to enhance the transferability of the training to real-life scenarios.
Each training scenario in the VirTra V-300 is based on real-life incidents and is professionally produced with content that is carefully vetted by subject matter experts to rigorously test a trainee’s critical thinking skills, weapons skills under pressure, and psychological responses to the stresses of life-like situations.
VirTra is a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The Company’s patented technologies, software and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship and related training that mimics real world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through realistic and highly-effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at www.VirTra.com.
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