WSCC OPOTA Program Unveils New Force Options Training Simulator
MARIETTA, Ohio (October 9, 2014) – Wednesday, October 8th, the OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy) program at Washington State Community College (WSCC) unveiled a new simulator to be used to train the officers in the program. Local law enforcement officers, representatives from MILO Range, Dr. Bradley Ebersole, President of WSCC, Gary Williams, Executive Director of Foundation at WSCC, several OPOTA students, and two instructors were present for the unveiling. The $32,000 simulator (funded by a grant from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services) from MILO Range Training Systems (MRTS) is based on a high-tech computer system that projects life-sized video and graphics-based exercises that simulate real-life situations onto a large screen. During a simulation, the officers are equipped with laser-modified weapons replicating what they would carry when on duty.
"The addition of this state of the art Force Options Training Simulator to the Center for Public Safety Training adds an entirely new dimension to our training capabilities and outreach programs. The simulator will be a significant benefit to all law enforcement agencies throughout Southeast Ohio that choose to participate in the program. The simulator's home base will be here in the Center, which will also benefit the cadets in our Peace Officer Basic Academy program," commented John Burdette, Director, Center for Public Safety Training at WSCC.
OPOTA student demonstrating simulator
The Force Options Training Simulator uses a laptop with connection to a projection screen. The simulator works with laser-modified hand guns, Tasers, OC spray, and a flashlight. The use of the simulator and modified weapons cuts down on ammunition costs typically used in live round training. Time spent training is cut in half with the simulator. Normal training days would take up to sixteen hours. With the simulator, scenarios are presented, executed, reviewed, and corrected in an eight hour day.
The OPOTA students spoke very highly of the new training simulator stating that they look forward to the benefits of using the equipment and learning from the experience.
The MILO Force Options Training Simulator is extremely beneficial to officers in training in that it provides real-life scenarios in a safe setting in which the officers can review any mistakes and make corrections. The officers can develop critical judgment and thinking skills under stressful situations to improve their confidence and decision-making skills. When an officer makes a mistake in the simulator, it can be reviewed in a safe, analytical way, and then performed to the correct standard. This helps to eliminate mistakes and increases officer safety in real situations. The simulator is designed to increase cognitive skills so that officers can be more responsive to the needs of the communities in which they serve.
MILO Range Training Systems provides similar simulators to safety agencies all over the world. "We're pleased that OPOTA at WSCC has selected our simulation training systems to provide this level of training to its students and public safety officers to better protect the lives and property of the surrounding communities," commented Robert McCue, MRTS's General Manager.
John Burdette holding flashlight, describing parts of simulator
MILO Range Training Systems representative, parts of simulator
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