The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is taking training to the next level thanks to a grant from Homeland Security.
A $60,000 grant awarded to the Sheriff’s Office has allowed for the purchase of a Meggitt training system ‘FATS’ (Fire Arm Training System). FATS technology could be compared to a high end video gaming system, except the scenarios are real.
FATS is a virtual system that allows for multiple scenarios to be played out while officers are armed with simulator guns. The system allows for training instructors to continuously adapt to changing situations that officers could face while out on patrol, including: robberies, hold-ups, domestic disputes involving a weapon, hostage situations and any other potentially threatening circumstances.
Sheriff John Burns says that the system will allow for advanced training that would otherwise not be available at the range.
“With our weather we can not really get out on the range if there is a snow storm,” said Sheriff Burns. “They can come in here and practice, it’s certainly lifelike.”
The system takes approximately 3 days of training to operate the system. Sheriff Burns says the system is easy to pick up and user friendly.
Wednesday, two deputies demonstrated the capabilities of the equipment. Sergeant Joseph Cullen says it is an easy system to operate and that due to the tracking of shots and accuracy officers will now be able to tailor their strategy to be most efficient and save lives.
For more information and to view mock scenarios practiced Wednesday, watch the complete video story.