Each scenario starts off the same, but can branch out to any number of outcomes — anywhere from a peaceful interaction or verbal assault to a suspect firing a weapon.
“It is another method of insuring that our officers are very well prepared to respond to a critical incident,” Dickey said.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in 2012 invested in a mobile simulator where departments can get a chance to have added training. In 2015, the Attorney General’s Office moved to impose new police training standards and increased training hours.
Del Greco said simulator training “is definitely valuable training, and if the agency is able to have it in-house, that’s a positive.”
Though Dickey said the primary purpose for Fairfield’s potential purchase of a simulator is for decision-making skill-building, there is a marksmanship component available. And that is valuable as range time can be costly in both time and expense.
The city spends about $20,000 a year for supplies and range support, and officers have three range sessions, which includes other types of training such as policy review. The police department is planning to add a fourth session.
The purchase is set to be made via drug forfeiture money but it still needs city council’s approval. Dickey said $85,000 has been requested. The purchase is part of the city’s five-year capital improvement budget, which is expected to be approved at the end of April.
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