Hillsborough police showcase new virtual simulator training tool

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wednesday the Hillsborough Police Division demonstrated a brand new coaching approach for all its officers. They demonstrated their new digital simulator to members of the council and media companions.

What the coaching does is put officers in real-life situations resembling financial institution robberies, shootings and suicidal jumps whereas permitting instructors to see how the officer would reply.

“It is a digital coaching simulator which permits us to do de-escalation, in addition to the usage of power or responce to withstand coaching,” Sgt. William Parker of the Hillborough Police Division mentioned.

The brand new coaching approach is an concept they bought from different legislation enforcement businesses throughout the nation. 

The gear, bought in October, is a precious software for coaching officers with out the necessity for in depth coaching area. This coaching places officers in areas they could haven’t been in a position to practice in earlier than.

Officer Juan Duran was the primary participant to enter this digital actuality on Wednesday and mentioned the expertise is not like any coaching he’s completed earlier than.

“It nonetheless feels reasonable to a degree. Clearly, behind my head I do know it’s not actual. It nonetheless looks like I’m coaching,” officer Duran mentioned.

Throughout his coaching simulation he was dealing with a suicidal jumper, a scenario he has been in earlier than.

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“There’s at all times going to be a distinction between digital actuality and actuality. The most important distinction is I do know that I’m secure right here. In actuality, you by no means know once you’re secure,” Officer Duran mentioned.

Due to a unanimous vote from the city’s commissioners, the police division was in a position to obtain the funds to construct this coaching simulator. It’s a call commissioner Kathleen Ferguson mentioned was simple to make.

“I might bodily really feel the stress,” she mentioned. “We’ve to have our officers ready. It’s the most nerve-racking job, as any first responder is, and with out preparation, you stroll right into a scenario and unhealthy issues might occur in a short time.”

Up to now a minimum of 18 to twenty officers have gone via the coaching. Sergeant Parker mentioned their objective is to herald officers each month for reoccurring coaching.  

In contrast to different legislation enforcement businesses within the triangle, Hillsborough Police mentioned they’re fairly fortunate to not have any shortages however this coaching is a software they might use to recruit future officers.

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