By Kelci McKendrick
Enid News & Eagle
Enid, Oklahoma — The door to the new training center at the Enid Police Department has officially opened.
According to police officials, the center’s 300 degree 5 screen VirTra training simulator has about 300 scenarios and is the first in Oklahoma.
Bryan Skaggs, Enid Police Chief, said a “state-of-the-art” facility with 50-person classrooms and a virtual shooting simulation system helped EPD achieve its goal of becoming a major regional training center in regional law. Said that. Execution.
“I think we’re on track for that,” Skaggs said.
The training center was first proposed to Mayor Enid in February 2020, and construction began in early April last year in the 400W state opposite the police station. The center is located in what was once the city of Enid’s skatepark.
Nick John, Lieutenant EPD of the ministry’s training department, said the process of moving to and using the building began three months ago.
“We have hosted classes here at the Training Center, not just for us, but for other institutions in northwestern Oklahoma,” John said. “As Skaggs said, we want to make good training available to all institutions in the region without having to drive around the state.”
Captain Warren Wilson of the EPD Training Division said the division is now able to host two classes at the same time. One in the training center and the other in the station. The two classrooms can be used for the first law enforcement education and training council (CLEET) accreditation of police academy and for continuing education and training of skilled police officers.
Wilson said the simulator provides executives with the opportunity to practice using multiple skills at the same time, such as communication, deescalation, and marksmanship, in potentially tense situations.
“The ultimate key to success in law enforcement is to perform these skills at a high level while making the right decisions in a rapidly evolving and complex situation,” Wilson said. “This type of reality-based training integrates all of these skills and stresses executives.”
According to John, the instructor who operates the computer can choose various options in the scenario based on each action and remark.
“If the executives do a great communication job, I can make them follow the simulation guys and give up,” John said. “If a policeman doesn’t do a great job in communication, I can make him hostile in a simulation.”
According to Wilson, officers can run the scenario multiple times as needed until they have a correct understanding of a particular tactic.
“This allows us to do that in a much more realistic environment,” Wilson said. “We never want them to end up with bad results. Some of these results are incredibly difficult, but … we hope they will be as good as possible. I want. “
City officials such as Mayor George Panconin and Mayor Darwin Norwood passed the simulator on Wednesday.
Panconin considers simulators to be a great tool for law enforcement agencies, and Norwood said “it’s worth the money spent.”
“I didn’t know what to expect, but when I got in there, it was great,” Norwood said. “There was more than I expected. When your body began to react to it, I didn’t know you had that sense of reality …. I’m just there I learned a few things at. “
Community members will have the opportunity to visit the Training Center during the Open House event from 10am to 11:30 am on Saturday, June 4th.
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