The Norman Transcript


April 8, 2014

Police get training opportunity

MOORE — Moore police officers will soon have realistic training in various scenarios encountered in the field, thanks to a new firearms simulator.

The Moore City Council approved the $120,000 purchase for a VirTra Systems Simulator that will allow officers to react as if they are really responding to calls for service, such as domestic violence, burglary and suicide.

“We’ve been wanting to purchase this for some time and have put it off until we had the proper facility,” Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings said. “It can offer real-life scenarios that we can’t produce on the gun range for safety reasons.”

The new Public Safety Center being constructed at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue is expected to open soon and will have room for the new equipment.

With this simulator, an instructor can make adjustments during the training exercise to better challenge students. The simulator allows for situational training, Stillings said. The police department has saved federal seizure funds to pay for the new equipment.

According to staff notes, “the system uses a full 180-degree, three-screen firearms simulator that utilizes HD video portrayed on the three screens simultaneously to provide a seamless, immersive training environment.”

The city council also approved a $26,000 contract with Ballard-King Associates for the preparation of a business and operations plan for the new Central Park.

Parks Director Todd Jenson said the fitness and aquatics centers need a business model.

“We’re in the very early phases of developing Central Park and that’s a very daunting challenge,” Jenson said.

The fitness center and aquatic center have staffing needs and special challenges. The fitness center has a child care center and workout equipment that will need to be ordered.

“These are all areas that we have no experience in dealing with,” Jenson said. “We cannot take the existing business model with the current community center and apply it to the new recreation center.”

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