In an effort to meet the training needs of local law enforcement, the Continuing Education Division at Sampson Community College has implemented an innovative curriculum geared toward educating law enforcement officials for on-the-job security training.
Fifty-nine officers from the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department recently completed a scenario-based training program. Using an all-digital video simulator, officers were educated on the Firearm Automated Training System (F.A.T.S.), which consists of multiple components, allowing the instructor to produce a number of marksmanship challenges including still and moving targets. Instructors Lawrence Dixon and Robert Stroud, both with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Department, led the training exercises through a variety of scenarios that tested decision making skills and reaction time by employing drills that emphasize human life.
The state-of-the-art simulator, provided by Security-Training Solutions II, presented officers with a variety of situations ranging from domestic dispute and store robberies to hostage and kidnapping situation.
“Fortunately, many of these officers have never encountered some of these situations,” says Aleta Whaley, director of Law Enforcement Training at SCC. “That’s our primary reason for implementing this initiative, because we wanted to present these officers with realistic training in case they encounter a similar scenario while on duty.”
Whaley, who spearheaded the training initiative, says the security training simulation was not only beneficial for the officers, but vital for the local community as well. “Lawrence Dixon and Robert Stroud are both highly qualified experts in the field of law enforcement, and we are proud of their collaborative effort to provide our local law enforcement with hands-on knowledge and experience that will not only maintain the officers’ safety but ultimately, the citizens that we serve.”
Security Training will resume in July, when officers with the Clinton Police Department will complete the curriculum. For more information regarding Law Enforcement Training offered through the SCC Continuing Education Division, contact Whaley at 592-7176 or visit www.sampsoncc.edu.