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Modern Policing: Stop Changing Rules, Instead Change Minds

Published on April 21, 2021

Modern Policing: Stop Changing Rules, Instead Change Minds
  It’s amazing how much traction “de-escalation” training has received lately. Unfortunately, modern policing is too focused on what we do “at the scene” in dealing with a critical incident.   We all know that true “de-escalation” starts way before we arrive on the scene. “De-escalation” for police must begin in the locker room, as … Continued

Police Pursuit Driving, Officer Liability, and “State-Created Danger”

Published on March 15, 2021

Police Pursuit Driving, Officer Liability, and “State-Created Danger”
  Legal liability—in the form of a “Section 1983” lawsuit targeting law enforcement or an accusation of “state-created danger”—is a constant threat to any community government. It’s been established that immersive simulation-based training tools are a uniquely powerful tool for increasing public safety (by better preparing officers for whatever the street might throw at them). … Continued

Comprehensive Immersive Simulation and “Stress Inoculation”

Published on March 1, 2021

Comprehensive Immersive Simulation and “Stress Inoculation”
  Given the realities of 21st Century law enforcement, “stress inoculation” is an increasingly important element of any training program. But in order to train officers to take control of their emotions in critical moments, we first need to step back and understand how the process of arriving at the scene almost invariably creates enormous … Continued

Precision Immobilization Technique: The Best Tool for Ending Police Pursuits?

Published on January 7, 2021

Precision Immobilization Technique: The Best Tool for Ending Police Pursuits?
  The “precision immobilization technique” (or “PIT”) is one of the very few tools law enforcement has to stop a dangerous pursuit immediately. But it carries certain risks and is becoming increasingly controversial. When performed at lower speeds (below 35 mph), this maneuver—sometimes also called a “pursuit intervention technique” or “tactical vehicle intervention” (“TVI”)—is generally … Continued

1.8M In New Awards for FAAC’s and MILO Range

Published on April 16, 2020

Ann Arbor, Michigan – April 14, 2020 – Arotech Corporation’s Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) announced that it has received $1.8M in orders from its U.S. Department of State Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contract vehicle. These orders call for the delivery of 3 FAAC police driving simulators and 12 MILO Range Tactical Judgment Skills Simulators … Continued

Using Simulators to Defeat the Dreaded ” Dunning-Kruger Effect”

Published on March 23, 2020

Using Simulators to Defeat the Dreaded ” Dunning-Kruger Effect”
  Since it was first identified in 1999, the Dunning-Kruger effect has transformed how we talk about people who have no idea what they’re talking about. The “Dunning-Kruger effect” is an exceedingly common—and previously unnamed—psychological blindspot: The human tendency to vastly overestimate our abilities because we know very little about a field.  (The title of … Continued

The Right Way to Integrate Emotional Control into Simulation Training

Published on February 24, 2020

The Right Way to Integrate Emotional Control into Simulation Training
  Simulation training is increasingly celebrated as a tool for helping people improve their emotional control. There are plenty of examples of this in the field, ranging from VR therapy for soldiers with PTSD, to immersive simulations helping children with autism develop social and emotional awareness. There’s even growing interest in using immersive simulation-based role-playing … Continued

High-Speed Pursuit and Citizen Safety: Protecting People from Themselves

Published on December 16, 2019

According to data from the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 12,000 people were killed in police chases between 1979 and 2013.  That’s roughly one death per day and is almost certainly an undercount (according to a 2015 investigative report, NHTSA’s figures for many specific states—including Kansas, Michigan, and Minnesota–showed fewer … Continued

The High Cost of Police Pursuit

Published on December 9, 2019

The High Cost of Police Pursuit
  We already know that police pursuits are extremely dangerous to both bystanders and officers, but they’re also extremely expensive. In Canton v. Harris (1989) the Supreme Court found that, under certain circumstances, inadequate training resulting in injury or death can be the basis for liability under U.S.C. Title 42, S. 1983.  Although that particular … Continued

Police Driver Training: De-escalate at Every Step

Published on December 2, 2019

Police Driver Training: De-escalate at Every Step
  Officers are expected to be on-the-spot social workers. That demands monumental presence of mind—which is completely at odds with the realities of the street, where a million things are happening at once. Chuck Deakins—FAAC Training Group lead subject matter specialist (SMS)—points out, “When I go into a physical training or martial arts environment, what’s … Continued
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