VIRTUAL TRAINING FOR POLICE GAINS GROUND

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Latest Technology Helps Officers Improve Judgment Skills

with Matt Cunningham, Director of Virtual Training, Meggitt Training Systems
Nathan Friddle, Corporal in the Training Unit, Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office

With school shootings at a record high, there’s now a high-tech way to train law enforcement officers to help improve judgment skills and reactions when seconds count and lives are on the line. Law enforcement officers across the country are turning to the latest in immersive training to ensure that officers have the most realistic and comprehensive tools available to de-escalate a real-life situation.

Nathan Friddle, a Corporal in the Training Unit for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement states, “a fully immersive environment allows officers to train more realistically for the most effective results. These advanced training systems are providing simulated real-life encounters these officers will be asked to face daily.”
State-of-the-art in immersive training features 5 screens, a 300° field of view, surround sound, realistic video scenarios and weapons that feel and sound like the real thing. Simulator trainers can change up video scenarios, check officers’ muscle movements and verbal commands for more successful outcomes in the field.

This kind of ultra-realistic training gets the officers’ adrenaline pumping, which is what they need before encountering tough situations on the street.

About Matt Cunningham: Matt is the Director of Virtual Training for Meggitt Training Systems, and a seasoned firearms expert. Matt oversees the installation of the simulators and systems used by law enforcement officers across the country, and the world.

About Nathan Friddle: Nathan is a Corporal in the Training Unit for the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office with more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement including a decade dedicated to officer training. Friddle is a certified instructor in firearms and less-than-lethal force options, among others.

About Meggitt Training Systems and the FATS 300LE: Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS® and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is the leading supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems. Following the acquisition of FATS® virtual training systems and Caswell International’s live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,600 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing marksmanship, judgmental, and situational awareness training to the armed forces, law enforcement and commercial shooting range owners around the world.

Meggitt’s FATS 300LE brings a 300° field of view to the user, providing realistic, engaging training. With high-definition on every screen and 5.1 surround sound, the users will feel like they’re in the action, facing decision-making pressures while maintaining situational awareness.

Interview provided by Meggitt Training Systems

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