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The training opportunities provided by the RJTC will be of the type and quality typically found in large urban areas. The interconnectivity and interagency cooperation facilitated by the center will allow better use of limited resources and provide effective training opportunities for agencies found in rural Wyoming.
The RJTC currently has two virtual firearms training systems (FATS). One system is fixed within the RJTC. It is state of the art BlueFire technology. FATS Training Systems BlueFire Wireless Weapon Simulators use commercial wireless Bluetooth® technology to communicate with the training system. This is significant in that, while not tethered, these BlueFire weapons still retain the full sensor feedback.
Included in this fixed system is a "hostile fire" system giving an incredibly realistic feeling to all real life training scenarios. There is also split screen video capabilities. This allows officers and trainers to view the real life scenario and the officer's reaction to the situation. The knowledge obtained through this method is priceless. The BlueFire system supports marksmanship and judgmental training for the full spectrum of tools available to the officer today. These tools include less lethal and non lethal options such as verbal commands, chemical spray and TASER®. Marksmanship training encompasses the basic fundamentals of individual marksmanship and sustainment training. Judgmental training includes force escalation/de-escalation, use of force and shoot/no shoot decision making.
As part of the RJTC, a Mobile Training Lab (MTL) has been established. The MTL brings portable FATS training to individual departments. The MTL portable FATS provides the same basic training opportunities as the RJTC fixed system.
The RJTC provides training opportunities for current law enforcement professionals specializing in justice and safety in rural settings, county sheriff departments, municipalities' police departments, county jails, rural jails and prisons, search and rescue teams, and small fire departments. The skills to be taught include professional judgment and decision making; identification and resolution of criminal justice ethical issues; effective interpersonal communications, understanding and applying criminal and constitutional law and procedures; and using and understanding of technology.
For correctional officers, the training will provide skills necessary to be an effective law enforcement official in a jail or prison setting. These skills will include the understanding of philosophy and ethics of punishment, management and administrative issues concerning incarceration, correctional continuum and use of technology.
The RJTC allows law enforcement professionals opportunities to develop and hone skills in decision making and judgment. The virtual training system would allow professionals more value and impact from their training for less cost in terms of resources, training dollars and more importantly, training time. This virtual training system would also provide training opportunities that would be difficult or impossible to replicate in the real world, such as repetitive training in a controlled environment with instant feedback, after action review, force on force training, and geographically diverse environments.