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NCJ Number: 201156 Find in a Library
Title: Enhancing Training With Firearms Simulators
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:51  Issue:6  Dated:June 2003  Pages:88-92
Author(s): Terry Nichols
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 5
Type: Instructional Material; Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the features and benefits of contemporary firearms simulators that can be used to train police officers in the accurate and proper tactical use of their firearms.
Abstract: Today's firearms-training simulators offer options such as custom-made scenarios, low-light capabilities, return-fire capabilities, picture-in-picture, heads-up displays, non-tethered recoil weapons, and the traditional shoot/don't shoot scenarios. The wide range of options available make simulators a viable training tool for almost all disciplines and types of law enforcement training. Most successful and comprehensive firearms training programs include common features: a history of active shooting events, small-team movement, contact-team responsibilities, room-clearing techniques, active shooter v. hostage or barricade situations, and rescue team tactics and responsibilities. The more comprehensive courses combine the traditional classroom setting with dynamic, scenario-based exercises. Scenario-based exercises in active shooter training create a sense of realism that is difficult to create in any other training format. With the development of technologies such as Simunition FX Marking Cartridges, scenario-based exercises have become much more realistic and easier than ever to conduct; however, there are several limitations and considerations that must be addressed in order that such exercises be effective. First, safety of the participants must have top priority. Second, there must be instructors, safety officers, role players, and students present during the training session to ensure safety. Third, force-on-force training can be equipment-intensive. Safety equipment must be used for all participants, and props are required for many scenarios. Finally, a suitable location for holding force-on-force training is also required; a school or office complex is most desirable. This article includes descriptions of the various types of firearms simulators currently available on the market.
Main Term(s): Police firearm training
Index Term(s): Police simulation training; Police training management; Simulation; Teaching/training techniques
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