Jacksonville State University has rolled out a new state-of-the-art police training simulator for its Center for Best Practices in Law Enforcement, according to a university press release.
At a groundbreaking event Wednesday at the McClellan training site on Gamecock Drive in Anniston, the university demonstrated the instructive tool that presents a 300-degree simulation across five screens of real-life scenarios. JSU personnel and area law enforcement officials stood nearby to watch the unveiling.
Called the VirTra V-300 simulator, the device allows Alabama police “to hone skills typically learned only through personal experience,” said university public relations director Buffy Lockette. , in the press release.
The simulator is programmed with hundreds of training environments designed to place officers in situations where they are expected to defuse conflict, investigate school shootings, and handle other intense situations to provide a level of experience that can’t be found in textbooks, Lockette said. in the release.
“It really is the closest thing we have to putting an officer in an extremely stressful situation, where emotions can be high, without them experiencing it themselves,” said Kaleb Littlejohn, director of the JSU Criminal Justice Center and Instructor. “We have them work through these situations here so they’re better prepared when they’re out on the streets with de-escalation, communication and situational awareness skills.”
The university allows free use of the simulator to all Alabama law enforcement agencies, as the high-tech simulation equipment was funded by a donation from Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
Agencies interested in taking advantage of the simulator’s unique training experience can email [email protected], Lockette said.