The Prince George’s County Police Department recently purchased a new training system that will allow simulation of realistic situations that may require the use of force.
The Judgmental Enhancement Training Program MILO Range Pro system will provide scenario-based training, Maj. Mark Person said at a demonstration for the system.
Fewer officer deaths in the line of duty are attributed to these types of trainings, he said.
The system cost around $85,000 and was purchased with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Buffer Zone Protection Grant, the Gazette reports.
Cpl. Fred Brockington, a training instructor with the police department, said at the demonstration that the new system allows officers to go through realistic scenarios using all types of weapons that could be used on the street, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, pepper spray and Tasers – something the old 2005 system was unable to do.
According to the department, the system includes 425 training scenarios and features active shooters and emotionally disturbed individuals.
In addition, the new program will train officers in homeland security awareness. The Gazette reported that some of the video scenarios are designed to train officers in recognizing the signs of a terrorist attack.
“It’s a dual purpose,” Sgt. James Carter, who runs the department’s homeland security intelligence unit, told the Gazette. “It’s used for everyday police encounters, but we’re teaching homeland security awareness and recognition.”