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Judgmental training: How real should it be?

Active shooter, suicide by cop, ambush by homegrown terrorism -- these real-life scenarios require different types of officer response, but the resulting stress on the officer generates the same physical and psychological results during the incident. The question Meggitt Training Systems asked is, “Can this stress be recreated within a simulated environment?” The answer is yes.

It is about officer survivability. We cannot just focus on the shot. It is what is happening inside an officer that dictates the outcome. Can training mitigate the negative physiological impact of a potentially lethal engagement before the incident?

Based on research funded by Meggitt Training Systems, Major Randall Murphy (ret.) and Dr. Darrell Ross will present “Officer Survivability from the Inside-Out: The Physical and Psychological Effects of Combat Stress” at this year’s International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annual conference in Orlando, FL, to be held from October 25 ­– 28. Maj. Murphy and Dr. Ross will discuss the impact of this research on training, policies, and officers involved in shootings. The research being presented is part of a larger study that examined the stress responses of 150 veteran police officers when confronting a lethal force scenario in a virtual simulator.

Specifically, can training within a simulated environment induce the same stress experienced during a potentially lethal engagement? Perceptions impact an officer’s decision-making, impacts performance, and impacts memory and recall of a situation. Officer survivability depends upon knowing the physical state officers are in just prior to, during and just after a potentially lethal situation. Use of force instructors require new knowledge to improve training modalities which may improve officer actions, decision-making, and improved performance. This information helps officers better understand the factors impacting their decision-making and performance when confronting a deadly force situation.

Meggitt Training Systems, makers of FATS and Caswell technologies, a division of Meggitt PLC, is a supplier of integrated live-fire and virtual weapons training systems, unmanned land and sea vehicles, aerial targets and electronic scoring systems. Following the acquisition of FATS virtual training systems and Caswell International's live-fire ranges and services, Meggitt Training Systems has continued to grow its capabilities based on the legacy of these two industry leaders. Over 13,000 Meggitt live-fire ranges and 5,100 virtual systems are fielded internationally, providing judgmental, situational awareness and marksmanship training to the armed forces, law enforcement and security organizations.

Meggitt Training Systems employs more than 400 people at its headquarters in Atlanta and at facilities in Orlando, Canada, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, UAE, Australia and Singapore. It can deploy service personnel anywhere in the world for instructor training, system installation and maintenance.

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