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August 2019 Law Enforcement Newsletter

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SIMULATION TRAINING, GUN RANGE DESIGN, EQUIPMENT AND INSTALLATION NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 2019

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True-to-life training, key to officer readiness.

It’s all over the news. Riots in the streets and increased tensions with police shootings. Conversations about use-of-force are in the limelight, and law enforcement departments are being scrutinized about training officers for such scenarios. The limited availability of range time, the expense of range facility maintenance, the cost of live ammunition, and a technological evolution in available training have forced agencies to examine simulation training becomes as a more practical and cost-effective option. Training within a simulated environment allows an officer to immerse themselves into a true-to-life scenario that reproduces the same stress they would encounter on the streets. Ultimately this makes officers more effective and better prepared the next time they find themselves in an escalated event.

Today’s intelligent systems

As law enforcement training grows in importance, its key that a comprehensive training curriculum is in place, integrating marksmanship training and judgmental training scenarios. Today’s intelligent simulation systems are designed to provide real-time data for after-action reporting on how the shooter performed. The system recognizes officer presence, verbal commands, empty-handed techniques, as well as use of baton, chemical spray, TASER® and deadly force.

Along with an effective trainer, today’s training technology can escalate or de-escalate a training scenario based on the pre-determined lesson plan of the instructor and how the student is actually engaging the scenario. These responses, similar to shooting at a target and seeing where the bullet hits, can be seen in replay. But in simulation training it’s not as much about how students reacted, it’s about why they responded in the manner they did and their ability to explain their decisions.

“Today’s virtual training systems are about recreating an environment where an officer is forced to make the same split-second decisions in a non-lethal training environment that they may have to make in a potentially lethal or escalated situation out in the field,” said Matt Cunningham, Director of Virtual Systems at Meggitt Training Systems.

“What’s critical with these systems or tools is that they are used to their full potential for both marksmanship and judgmental training, and are integrated into a full training curriculum,” Cunningham added.

Training to its fullest potential

Meggitt Training Systems’ FATS® 100P provides marksmanship exercises, weapons handling, remediation and preparation between qualifications, along with judgmental and use-of-force training. Using the marksmanship mode, the shooter runs through a pre-determined course of fire on various static or moving imagery depending upon the training curriculum of the department.

Cunningham strongly encourages departments to use their system to its fullest potential. “From a weapons handling perspective, you are not expending rounds; it’s a teaching tool. You can explain and then immediately train the officer on the basic fundamentals of shooting. The officers can see their shots in real-time. They can see how they are handling and firing their weapon as well as muzzle location and other critical elements for proper shooting fundamentals. With the assistance of an instructor, all of the information that the FATS® 100P and the weapon provides helps shooters self- diagnose and not expend several hundred rounds trying to figure out what they are doing wrong.”

Numerous law enforcement and security agencies use Meggitt’s wireless BlueFire® weapons with their system. Manufactured by Meggitt Training Systems, “These weapons are actual weapons purchased from the gun manufacturer and then are stripped of their firing components and replaced with electronics that provide real-time data back to the shooter and instructor through the system,” Cunningham said. “The BlueFire weapons are critical to true-to-life training. It doesn’t’ make sense for officers to train with plastic weapons or with magazines that have limitless rounds when that is not the reality out in the field. This leads to negative training.”

Since they are actual weapons, they are true to the form, fit and function of the duty weapons the officer’s use in the field. The weapons weigh the same, and all the components (such as the safety and trigger) are in the exact same position as they are on their duty weapon. Realistic training is essential to preparedness when officers face hostile situations in the field.

In addition to the real-time data provided by the BlueFire weapons, one of the primary benefits of these wireless weapons is the ability for officers to move freely within the training space and still send and receive feedback on the shooter. For departments using a tethered weapon, they are connected by a cable that sends data to and from the weapon, but restricts movement to a fixed location and distance. Both weapon systems have their advantages, but most agencies are moving to the wireless technology.

How it works

Many departments use virtual systems for both marksmanship and judgmental use-of-force training.

The system gives the trainer the ability to induce stress and see how the officer interacts with participants within the video scenario. Depending on how the officer engages the suspect, the trainer can manipulate the situation by escalating or de-escalating the situation.

The trainer controls the scenario by reacting to the officer’s commands. If the officer reacts appropriately, the officer can choose to select a “branch” where the assailant complies. Or the trainer could choose to see how the officer would react to a use-of-force situation and select a branch where the officer needs to engage with a variety of tools, including TASER, chemical spray and a baton.

The FATS® 100P comes with a library of scenarios ranging from traffic stops to active shooters. The scenarios are filmed from the officer’s perspective. When the scenarios are filmed, all possible outcomes or reactions also are filmed. These “branches” provide a multitude of options for a trainer to test the officer’s marksmanship and judgmental skills.

Simulation systems can aid in officer preparedness, de-escalating a situation, and ensuring proper use-of-force. The rapid-response required in virtual simulation scenarios serve the officers well, providing heightened readiness in stressful situations.

 

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XWT ProImage®

The XWT ProImage projected target system revolutionizes image and video targets for indoor shooting ranges. The system is a compact video projector and camera that attaches to Meggitt’s XWT target carrier. Wirelessly connected to a 10” lane control unit mounted behind the firing line, the XWT ProImage projects user-uploaded digital videos and images onto white paper or cardboard targets. The onboard camera provides a constant close-up view of the target for instantaneous feedback. The XWT ProImage docks and charges with the XWT and includes easily replaceable batteries for nonstop run time.

Since the XWT ProImage attaches to the existing XWT monorail system, it can deliver the paper targets downrange to any length of the track. You can make a movie on your cell phone, upload the video file to the range control panel, and complete a self-defense training all in the same afternoon.

But what does that mean for you? The XWT ProImage lets police and civilian firearms trainers conduct virtual, live-action, scenario-based training in a live-fire indoor range. For commercial gun range owners, visitors to your range will spend more time, money and ammunition in the lane honing their skills on games, targets or videos. Shooters can choose from 85 different target images, 4 videos, 12 games (such as bowling pins, asteroids, zombies, etc.) and more. To see the XWT ProImage in action, visit our YouTube channel.

 

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FAQ

Q. I’ll be building a shooting range soon. What type of ballistic baffles will I need?

A. Baffles are manufactured in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and configurations. When selecting baffles, careful consideration must be taken to determine what type of range activities will occur. Tactical or dynamic firing line ranges require a different baffle design and equipment than a fixed/static firing line range. The latter requires containment baffles to safely encapsulate errant rounds, or simple steel redirective baffles downrange. Meggitt’s standard baffles are configured in 4’ x 4’ or 8’ x 4’ sizes. However, customized baffle sizes can be fabricated to meet a customer’s needs. The 4’ standard widths means no exposed seams in the direct line of fire, as most ranges have shooting lanes of 4’ widths. Steel baffles can be manufactured in a variety of metal choices such as 10 gauge up to ½” AR500, depending upon the caliber of round allowed in the range.


Q. I need new video scenarios for my virtual system. Are they available through Meggitt?

A. Yes, Meggitt is continually filming and preparing new HD scenarios, and we render these in SD for our legacy customers as well. All Meggitt scenarios have multiple branching options and provide training on current and relevant use of force situations. All new and/or updated scenarios are free to any customer who is currently under warranty. Please contact Meggitt’s customer service to confirm your warranty status and system compatibility. Customers who are not currently under warranty may contact customer service to obtain warranty pricing, or contact their sales representative for scenario orders. Call (800) 344-6771 or email MGTTS-CustomerSupport@Meggitt.com for more information.


 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The greatest cost in any range development project is the building and property. The cost can escalate if planning is inadequate. For example, if building construction or renovation of the range is completed before consulting with a range equipment manufacturer, the range owner may discover the structure is not up to code. There may be inadequate space for ventilation, a bullet trap or a target system - any of which could require later modification of the building itself. Thus, space is the first consideration when planning a range.
  • Less-lethal virtual accessories are available on the FATS® 100LE and FATS® 100P virtual systems. One example is the flashlight option that allows each scenario to be run in both daylight and night conditions. The flashlight can be activated mid-scenario to make a realistic transition for officers leaving a daylight situation and entering a darkened environment, such as an abandoned building or warehouse. Meggitt also offers Taser, OC spray and a Hostile Fire Simulator for additional training tactics.

 

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CACP 2019
August 11 - 13
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NSSF Range Retailer Business Expo 2019
August 19 - 21
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September 4 - 6
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Carrollton, GA
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This newsletter covers just a few of the ways that Meggitt’s virtual and live-fire products are improving training for defense forces, law enforcement agencies and commercial gun ranges around the world. In upcoming newsletters, we’ll introduce you to new technologies and products. For more information, contact MGTTS-LESales@meggitt.com.

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