POLICE Magazine

MAR 2019

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34 POLICE MARCH 2019 tacted for this article provide a variety of services, training, and tools that in- structors can use to enhance the agen- cy's return on investment in the ma- chine. Agencies that purchase the simula- tors receive instruction in how to set it up, how to use it, and how to train it. Buyers of MILO Range systems even receive a block of instruction titled: "You Have a Simulator. Now What Do You Do With It?" Another block of in- struction MILO offers to its customer, according to McCue, is "How to be a Good Instructor Using a Comput- er-Based Simulator." One of the most popular debrief tools is a camera that captures the actions of the student while they work the sce- narios. "e video from Meggitt's Look- back camera is very important for the debrief," says Friddle. "Sometimes stu- dents don't realize what they did, and the Lookback shows it to them." Similar video systems to the Meggitt Lookback are featured in products from MILO Range and VirTra. MILO Range has a camera that captures the student's performance, and it offers a body cam- era-type device that the student wears while running the scenario. VirTra has a picture-in-picture feature that lets the instructor show the student the scenar- io video and the student's reaction to it on the same screen. Another way that computer-based simulator makers aid instructors in their training mission is by providing detailed educational materials as part of their system's software or as support material. MILO Range offers the Knowledge- Base, which is essentially a multime- dia encyclopedia. McCue says MILO Range customers can access a wide va- riety of materials from the Knowledge- Base, including video, PowerPoint pre- sentations, documents, and photos for lessons, and they can project them on the system's screens for the students. In addition, the agency's policies can be incorporated into the Knowledge- Base. "Let's say a trainee uses OC spray improperly in a simulation. If that hap- pens, then the instructor can bring up the KnowledgeBase for policy and how to use that tool properly," McCue says. VirTra offers an instructor support system called Virtual Instructor (VI). "After we produce each scenario we cre- ate an instructor asset," Bartel explains. VI walks the instructor through the sce- nario, detailing the tactical principles, legal principles, pre-force indicators, and behavior threat cues involved. VI is designed to complement Vir- Tra's new law enforcement training cur- riculum V-VICTA (VirTra-Virtual Inter- active Coursework Training Academy), which was announced last year. V-VIC- TA meets the standards of the Interna- tional Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) and is nationally certified for POST. VirTra has released several courses in the V-VICTA line, and last month it announced its latest, "High-Risk Vehi- cle Stops." Bartel says, "We launched V-VICTA last fall after years of research- ing the science of training and assim- ilating the expertise of our strategic partners and the collective experience of our subject matter experts. 'High- Risk Vehicle Stops' is the latest addition to this certified curriculum, which we believe not only provides the best pos- sible training to law enforcement, but does so in an intuitive and user-friendly manner." e "High-Risk Vehicle Stops" V-VIC- TA curriculum includes seven new scenarios, and instructor materials for using them. "One of these scenarios has many different ways the event could take place," Bartel says. He adds that the scenario is so complex because VirTra films "each actor independently." Such a scenario could be difficult for instruc- tors to work with, but Bartel says Virtual Instructor helps the instructors. "You can sit down and watch Virtual Instruc- tor and see all the ways you can use that scenario," he says. McCue says MILO Range's train- ing materials and instructor support features are part of a transition in the industry from marketing its products based on technology to stressing con- tent. "e technology supplied by com- panies in this market has leveled out quite a bit. What differentiates us now is the strength of our scenarios and the features provided that help instructors effectively teach their lessons." TSSI-OPS.COM TSSI-OPS.COM/SHOP 877.535.TSSI(8774) SALES@TSSI-OPS.COM A SERVICE-DISABLED VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS BLEEDING CONTROL KIT Readily available. Publicly accessible. Vital to immediate responders. SAVING LIVES IN THE FACE OF TRAGEDY. THE HUMAN FACTOR

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