Grand County residents experience firearms training simulator at Granby Town Hall
Grand County law enforcement agencies held a Community Night event Jan. 13 and 14 at the Granby Town Hall where county residents were offered an opportunity to experience a firearms training simulator.
Dozens of people from throughout the County attended the event and tried their hand at the simulator. Representatives from each of the four local law enforcement agencies in Grand County were on hand liaising with the public as people waited for their turn on the simulator. The Firearms Training Simulator is a large projector and screen that functions somewhat similar to a videogame. The simulator utilizes a modified Glock handgun that fires an invisible laser beam from its barrel each time the trigger is pulled. To provide a more realistic experience the guns clip has been replaced by a carbon dioxide cartridge that causes the handgun to recoil without noise. Before a simulation starts the simulator operator gives the trainee a brief description of the scene they will soon hypothetically arrive at. The information given to the trainees is intentionally vague and is meant to evoke the confusion that can develop with early reports of criminal activity.
When a simulation starts a prerecorded video is displayed on the screen. The simulator operator can choose from different scenarios within a particular simulation and the trainees, or citizens in last week’s case, are expected to respond to the scenarios appropriately.
“The simulator gives officers the opportunity to experience situations they may well confront in real life on the street and have the opportunity to react to that situation under circumstances where they are not placed in jeopardy,” said Granby’s Chief of Police Bill Housley.
Fraser/Winter Park Chief of Police Glen Trainor echoed Housley’s sentiments.
“The valuable part for law enforcement is they are put in situations much more realistic than out at the range. It gives them decisional shooting training as opposed to just firing training.”
Both Housley and Trainor highlighted their hopes that the recent community night event will help foster positive interaction between law enforcement and the communities they serve while also providing civilians with a better understanding of the split-second decision making that is required by law-enforcement.
“I think we were all hoping that the citizens would have a clearer understanding of the pressures law enforcement face,” said Chief Trainor. “It’s not as easy as it looks on TV.”
The Community Night event was held at the Granby Town Hall and was hosted by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the Granby Police Department, the Kremmling Police Department and the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department.
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