Center Mass Exclusive: Searching for better use of force scenario and tactical judgment training? The answer is here!
At Center Mass we feel that just teaching motor skills, technical information, and "how to shoot" is not merely enough when training LE officers that are going into harm's way.
The missing link has always been judgment training and the human factors that go with it. There are many products and technologies available to give law enforcement more scenario-based training. Many of these are for close quarters, force on force applications and are quite effective. For pistols, SMG's, shotgun, and close range tactical carbine applications, there are the outstanding Simunition Fx marking products and conversion kits. But, for intermediate range carbine use and for the sniper, there is no "simunition" or "paintball", so how can the rifle-armed officer be given similar use of force scenarios?
The answer is here and we found it: The "CAPS DVD video simulator". This system has revolutionized what a law enforcement agency can do for its training and is available at only a fraction of the cost of comparable computer based systems. It is also far more portable and comes with over 570 scenarios as part of the package. CAPS integrates realistic, to scale scenarios in an easy to use system. CAPS offers made-to-measure video production services for agencies who want their own job-specific scenarios.
We are very proud to have our instructors recognized by CAPS ownership as having pioneered the use of CAPS for law enforcement rifle training. Center Mass instructors have devised a training regimen using CAPS that is featured in many of our courses giving attendees the best scenario based training possible.
What makes this simulation system different from say FATS or Range 3000 and others is that its all done with the officer's own weapon and issued live ammunition. There is nothing simulated from the officer's point of view when using the system. There are no lasers, simulated recoil, or high tech apparatus to setup or use. CAPS actually proves that you have the ability that all other training methods only allow you to pretend you have. With CAPS its: Your gun. Your ammo. No excuses.
Using CAPS at select Center Mass schools our students will routinely deploy between 5 & 100 yards from a realistic looking scenario playing out in front of them and live fire when appropriate, freezing the video when it hits. We find these live fire video scenarios are far more realistic than paper targets or using mannequins or other props, which helps our students experience, as close as possible, what they would during a real life deadly force firearm engagement.
For the sniper or patrol rifle armed officer there is simply no other way to train on live fire evolutions that have a truly realistic looking scenario where a threat may or may not present its self. In cases such as Popow vs. Margate, Zuchel vs. City and County of Denver, and many others, the court mandated the need for live-fire judgment training for law enforcement officers. It’s no longer an option for an agency not to conduct realistic and relevant scenario-based training.
For instance, if you wanted to have a two man sniper team deploy from the woods, into a real building, then set up an urban hide, and then deliver accurate fire on a hostage scenario, now you have it. Or, if you want to have an officer drive up in their scout car, dismount, setup, and live fire on an active shooter or bank robbery scenario, now you have it.
CAPS DVD gives you the ability to provide completely realistic, customized, low cost, repeatable, live fire scenario training with the officer's own weapon, ammunition, and equipment.
Center Mass stands by this product and highly recommends this simulator to organizations looking to enhance the training of their officers. You won’t go wrong when you invest in a CAPS System. We owe this type of training to the men and women we train and lead, and we certainly owe it the citizens we serve!