Law Enforcement Technology

NOV 2016

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14 LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY NOVEMBER 2016 www.officer.com Circle 65 on Reader Service Card saw improvement. The device was able to correctly identify problems that were occurring, and officers were able to practice and qualify successfully. "We were able to make the right cor- rections and give proper instruction instead of using trial and error." The ammo budget Money factors in, too. Many depart- ments find that budget undoubtedly affects the type of training or the extent of training offered. "One of the most significant problems I have encoun- tered has been cuts in the ammunition budget," says Jonas Proctor. Proctor is a firearms instructor and has been a law enforcement professional in Ruidoso, New Mexico for almost 19 years. Budget cuts become a problem when personnel are required to qualify for use of firearms annually or more than once per year. "The qualifications can leave ammunition count low, which means we have to be creative with training." Products like the MantisX reduce the overall cost of ammunition as it may be used with dry fire. The device is both affordable and portable. "[It] sees things that the human eye cannot see," says Mantis President Austin Allgaier. "It provides real-time feedback, diagnostics and coaching to the shooter." The live-fire training aid relays feedback to the shooter via a smartphone app. Pepin County firearms instructor Krisik says this low-profile technol- ogy has helped their range during other types of training as well. "W hen we have participants go through scenarios and different courses of action is it sometimes difficult to see the technique of the shooter." Devices like this allow instructors to focus on safety and major shooting deficiencies, and help each shooter with instruction specific to their individual needs. How realistic can you get? Another factor crucial for all law enforcement firearms training is practicing real world situations. "Training that is scenario based or 'reality based training' is highly effective," says Proctor. Training in this way benefits skill enhancement in shooting, important for future scenarios and officer safety. Proctor says that additionally, use-of-force training is imperative. Many agen- cies are incorporating virtual train- ing into their firing ranges. The Albemarle County Police Department in Charlottesville, Virginia, has recently built The Regional Firearms Training Center. "It houses a multipurpose classroom that converts into a defensive tactics and force-on-force Meggitt Training Systems has offered live fire shooting range options for 90 years. w w w . T A R G E T S . n e t 8 6 6 - 4 9 8 - 8 2 2 8 ALL NEW NTC DS UD Target Hit Marker Bulls Eye Targets Silhouette Training Targets Range and Bulls Eye Targets Tactical Targets Cardboard Targets Cardboard Backers Cardboard Backers Poly Foam Backers Eye Protection Ear Protection Steel Targets Shot Timers Manikin Targets Target Pasters Target Pasters Training Ammunition Gun Cleaning Supplies Slugmaster Clearing Station Call Today for a FREE copy of our New 2016 Summer Catalog Qualification Targets

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