You may have seen the interesting trailer over in the Lago Vista Police Department's parking lot. The trailer is CAPCOG's Regional Law Enforcement Academy’s Use of Force Simulator, a state-of-the-art training tool that helps public safety personnel prepare for active shooter situations and other threats. The agreed-upon definition of an “active shooter” by US government agencies (including the White House, US Department of Justice, FBI, US Department of Education, US Department of Homeland Security, and Federal Emergency Management Agency) is “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
The mobile simulator, an integrated system using software, a video screen and hundreds of incident scenarios, provides realistic use-of-force training. The training operator can adjust the scenarios as they happen based upon trainees’ responses during the simulation. Each year our police officers are required to attend several training sessions of their choice in order to maintain their well-honed skills. The CAPCOG simulator is one of many training opportunities available to fulfill this requirement.
The Lago Vista Police Department offers the use of the simulator to other local area public safety agencies to promote consolidated efforts at keeping our north shore community safe.