Firearms simulator used for training
by Rachel Davis
May 12, 2013 | 1504 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police departments around the country are looking for ways to be more cost efficient, while maintaining service and protection for the citizens they protect.

In order to provide lower cost training for officers in a tough economic climate where training ammunition is in short supply, Sumiton Police Department has once again turned to the Firearms Training Simulator.

This system allows officers to train in real-life situations, without the cost of ammunition.

“The opportunity to utilize the FATS machine is both effective and timely considering the current ammunition shortage,” Sumiton Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr said. “We provide officers with firearm related training at least six times annually.”

That frequent training could be costly and difficult to continue with real ammo, but the simulator defrays the cost to the city.

Sumiton has rented the simulator for two weeks and is inviting other departments to use the simulator to train while it's in east Walker.

The FATS system is owned by the Alabama Municipal Insurance Company. AMIC makes the system available for municipalities to rent to allow officers to work through real-life scenarios where they might be faced with using deadly force.

The FATS system plays out video scenarios on a screen loaded with sensors, while officers stand in front of the screen with firearms.

The system also allows each instructor to personalize and customize the scenarios as they progress, depending on how the officer is handling the situation. The officer is rated on their performance in the simulation.

AMIC is a not-for-profit mutual insurance company that was established by local governments, utilities and other municipal groups. According to its website, this helps municipalities “manage their liability, property and other insurance and loss related obligations.” According to the group, this allows for more efficient governmental operations that result in more local money devoted to the local programs.