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Panhandle law enforcement get crucial virtual training

Western Nebraska Community College provides the training simulator
Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) -The company VirTra makes training simulators for law enforcement and the military. The software was purchased by Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC) to give officers training they may not have access to.

“How can we use this fund to make something positive happen for training in our service area? And that’s where we got to this point,” said Doug Maber Workforce Development Director WNCC. “We do this it is free training the college owns the system we’ll go and set it up for any law enforcement agency in the Panhandle.”

“We want to make sure that everything is as realistic and accurate and is up to date as it is real life out there for them,” said Brennan Hill Technical Support Training VirTra. “They can practice they can train as best as they can before they actually make it out there just to keep them safe as well as the public as well.”

“If they’re faced with somebody that is armed if we feel they are utilizing good commands and handling themselves well we can have the suspect comply on screen,” said Sergeant Travis Petersen Scotts Bluff County Sheriff’s Office. “Or we can changeup and have the suspect present them a deadly force threat pull a gun on them pull a knife on them.”

“Use of force is a hot topic these days,” said Petersen. ‘We want to make sure that our staff are trained correctly and know how to respond correctly with the proper amount of force. That’s what we are looking for here.”

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