BENTONVILLE – The Bentonville Police Department is considering setting up their new training facility, but recently received approval to purchase a virtual simulator.
The simulator cultivates communication, decreases reaction time, induces physiological responses, and works with less lethal options that aren’t typically allowed on a live range, Police Chief Jon Simpson previously said. Each scenario has multiple hookup options as it unfolds based on training goals and the officer’s decisions, Simpson said.
It also immerses officers in a constant training program, creating a log of the number of hours each officer spends on this training in areas such as routine patrols, roadside checks, disruptions, citizen contact, awareness of autism, mental illness, hostage taking and climbing techniques.
The simulator allows up to three agents to use it at a time and consists of five screens featuring 4k technology, the chief said.
At its July 27 meeting, City Council approved a waiver of the offer to purchase VirTra’s exclusive interactive virtual simulator training system, complete with equipment, installation, software and training.
Bentonville will receive the VirTra V-300. The cost is $ 233,377, Simpson said. VirTra is based in Tempe, Arizona.
On April 13, voters backed the city’s $ 266 million bond plan for investment projects and bond refinancing by approving at least 76 percent nine questions on the special ballot.
The city will pay for the obligations by extending a 1% sales tax. The tax was approved in 2003 and extended in 2007.
A police training center will be built in the first round of bonds for $ 1.65 million, according to the city. The facility will be built on 20 acres of city-owned land near the Bentonville Armory, just off the road from the regional airport.
Simpson said a construction schedule for the training center has not been determined. Those responsible are in the planning stages and architectural and engineering departments have recently been hired, he said.
The plan is to have the simulator operational in the coming months. It will be temporarily installed at the police department’s main facility on Southwest 14th Street, Simpson said.
Other local agencies will use the technology, as will some citizen-focused programs such as the Citizen Police Academy, Youth Academy, and other public education forums about police practices run by the department. , said Cpl. Adam McInnis, Departmental Public Information Officer.
“Our hope is that this simulator will not only be an opportunity for our officers to have access to the latest training technologies, but a way to help educate the public and mitigate misconceptions about enforcement practices. law, ”he said.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has had a training simulator for several years, Deputy Chief Jay Cantrell said. The simulator can accommodate two MPs at a time and can be configured with any number of scenarios, he said.
“We’ve had a lot of success with that,” said Cantrell. “It’s cheap because you don’t use live ammunition.”
The standard state law enforcement course that MPs must take on an outdoor shooting range once a year is loaded into the simulator so that staff can practice before the actual test, he said. he declares.
About 100 staff from the sheriff’s office trained on the simulator, Cantrell said.
“It’s very realistic for the guys and we think it’s beneficial to have it,” he said. “The more you train, the more you come back to this training at a critical time.”
Bentonville is the only major city in northwest Arkansas without its own training facilities for emergency personnel, according to the city.
The Police Department offers in-house training using a training room. The training is typically classroom instruction, such as interview technique courses, on-the-job training, and employee development, Simpson previously said.
It has 84 patrollers.
Bentonville Police use the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in Springdale, Rogers Police Department Rifle Range or Benton County Rifle Range for firearms training for all outdoor training needs . Bentonville contacts the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and often rents time at local indoor private shooting ranges when other ranges are in use, Simpson said.
The police training center will also include a live virtual outdoor shooting range, a K-9 training area and a training building used to house the range equipment. It would also be used as a training area for bomb squads / special response teams. The Bomb Squad covers northwest Arkansas and Missouri.