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Combining Multiple Approaches to Police Pursuit Training

Published on July 19, 2019

Let’s begin with identifying what a “traffic-related” situation really is and what liabilities we may actually be able to reduce through training. In some of the categorizing for LODD’s, a variety of situations are often grouped together such as “being run-over” or “assaulted” by an automobile. However, in real police work, we know that so … Continued

Ready Player One and Two!

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Members of the 145th and 159th Security Forces Squadrons wait in anticipation while enveloped in a dark room in the 176th Security Forces Squadron building at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, A.K. The only light emits from three large screens surrounding two players as they take the stage and prepare to initiate escalation and de-escalation … Continued

New simulator puts people in a full-size car to understand their driving behavior

Published on July 18, 2019

When you take a seat in the 2013 Ford Fusion sitting in Srinivas Peeta’s new lab, you enter a virtual world where researchers can throw anything at you: snow and ice, detours, traffic snarls. All you have to do is drive, and along the way researchers are going to watch every turn, every acceleration, every … Continued

Bus Training Simulator Increases Driver Retention

Published on July 10, 2019

According to the University of Kansas Transportation Center for Rural Transit Providers, “One of the best ways to retain drivers is to eliminate unnecessary job stress. Bus-driving, by nature, can be stressful, but there are some small changes you can make to help retain employees. Continuous training rather than short-term, intensive training when an employee … Continued

US Air Force acquires new tech for force training

Published on June 20, 2019

The U.S. Air Force Security Forces (SF) Academy has added an innovative technology into its apprentice course to help with force training. The 343rd Training Squadron schoolhouse recently acquired eight Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives simulators from the security forces career field team, as well as a VR-based (virtual reality) training system from industry through a … Continued

Complacency in Police Pursuit Training: Causes & Solutions

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What a tragic year 2016 was in law enforcement line of duty deaths involving ambush, violent assaults and firearms. Depending on the source that you use, LODDs due to firearms are up a staggering 61% to 83% over 2015, while overall LODDs are up 12% to 18% over 2015. It is a reminder that we … Continued

Fire Fighter Training Simulators for Millennials

Published on June 10, 2019

As in other essential fields, we’re running low on firefighters.  Erik Johnson of the Guadalupe County (Texas) Firefighters Association recently told KSAT News, “Across the board, we are seeing a shortage nationally of volunteer firefighters.” Roughly 70% of fire departments nationwide are volunteer-based, and part of the pipeline that feeds career fire departments as well. … Continued
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