New Haven Officers use state of the art firearms training simulator

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Pictured above: Officer Eric Visocan simulating firearm scenario.

Today’s society is contentiously changing along with criminals that law enforcement officers deal with on a regular basis.  In order to adapt to the way crimes are committed and types of weapons used in today’s world, officers need top of the line training to protect citizens and themselves.

The New Haven Police Department is utilizing state of the art technology to train and teach their officers how to handle almost every possible scenario.  This morning in a joint effort with their insurance provider MIRMA, officers were put through the MILO Firearms Training Simulator.

The Simulator has complete interactive situational scenarios that officers must react to as if it were real life. The officer stands in front of a screen that has a 3D real life interface.  Some of the scenarios officers encountered this morning included domestic violence, traffic stops, and burglaries.  Assistant Chief Dan Terry said, “We do this type of training every year.  The Firearms Simulator is as close to real life as possible.  It requires the use of verbal commands from our officers, and the simulated suspects may comply to the commands or attack the officer.”

Pictured left: Sergeant Meg Parks approaches a suspect in simulator training.

Most of the scenarios involve innocent bystanders, training officers to be aware of their surroundings while at the same time trying to apprehend a suspect without anyone getting hurt.

Terry said, “This type of technology can show an officer how one tiny mistake could get them shot if this were a real life salutation.  They say you learn from your mistakes but as a police officer mistakes can cost someone their life.”

The Training Simulator is so accurate that if an officer deploys their TASER and only one probe strikes the suspect they do not fall to the ground.  The same thing occurs when lethal force is used.  If the officer shots and misses the suspect and hits a bystander, the bystander goes down.

Terry said, “Jeff Arp is the senior loss control consultant with our insurance provider who proctors the training.  This training is taken very serious.  Officers do not pass simply by showing up.  At the same time I would rather see an officer make a mistake in a simulation than in real life.  Here we can learn from each other’s mistakes.”

This training is mandatory among all full-time officers and this year they were able to have two part-time officers go through the training as well.  Terry said, “Everyone passed the course, being able to do the right thing and explain in a reasonable way why they took that course of action.”

Terry also wanted to especially thank Chris Miller and the New Haven Ambulance District for allow them to use their facility to conduct the training.