Firearms Simulator Enhances Police Work

Training tool also benefits community

NANTICOKE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- Police must make split-second decisions when responding to life and death situations. Making those critical decisions just got a little easier for local law enforcement thanks to a new training tool at their disposal unveiled, Wednesday.

"I grew up around guns. I grew up hunting. I grew up shooting." Thomas Nalbone is no stranger to handling a firearm. But, like other police officers, the Newport Township patrolman is rarely exposed to situations when he might have to draw his weapon. "It's different. Obviously, it's different for us than just shooting at a target."
 
That's why Ptlm. Nalbone and several other members of law enforcement got their hands on a new, high definition firearms simulator. Luzerne County Community College's Public Safety Training Institute acquired the training tool. "It's not here to teach people how to shoot. It's to teach people how to deal with things in the real world," said LCCC Public Safety Training Institute Law Enforcement Training Coordinator David Berman.

The system features hundreds of scenarios ranging from shooters in schools and houses of worship to standoffs with the mentally ill. With fellow LCCC Instructor Charles Hentz, Mr. Berman uses the simulator to help police and other trainees choose the best course of action. "Some people will be compliant. Some people you're going to have to talk them into it. Some people you're going to have to use force to get them to comply."

The technology is equipped with more than just scenario situations. It allows participants to sharpen their shooting skills with everything from pistols to long guns. Since this type of training isn't state-mandated and can be too expensive for communities, it can be an invaluable tool for law enforcement and the communities they serve. "If our officers have more experience, more training engaging and dealing with threats even if it is scenario based, then they're of course going to be able to in real life respond you know better," said Ptlm. Nalbone.

You can learn about training opportunities for police in your community by contacting Mr. Berman at 570-740-0637 or by e-mailing him at dberman@luzerne.edu
 


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