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September-October 2015

OSU-OKC Unveils New Weapons Training Simulator for Police Science Students

Responding to an armed bank robbery, dealing with a disgruntled employee outside of work, or searching for an active shooter – these are the virtual scenarios Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City police science students have the opportunity to experience through the new, state-of-the-art interactive training system called the MILO Range Theater.

This virtual-reality teaching resource has already made a significant impact on the academic success of the university’s students. “The benefits of the MILO Range are immeasurable,” said Dr. Larry Robinson, OSU-OKC human services division head. “This system is integral to our police science program because it trains our students on the proper use of force by a police officer, and it allows our instructor to safely and effectively train our students through real-world learning experiences, requiring them to make life and death decisions.” This type of simulated training in a safe environment allows students to hone necessary skills before entering the workforce.

OSU-OKC’s police science program focuses on the relationship between the police mission, the courts and the community at large, while providing students with the skills needed to meet the diversified demands of their jobs. Present and future officers studying at OSU-OKC will have the opportunity to train on the unique MILO Range during the Patrol Procedures course. The simulator offers hundreds of scenarios and is designed to provide a superior immersive training environment to best prepare students for challenges they may face in the field.

The MILO Range also emphasizes the right time for an officer to use his or her weapon. FBI statistics show many law enforcement shootings take place from less than 10 feet away and the proper weapons training can save lives. The learning facilitated by the MILO Range is designed to evaluate decision-making skills through interactive video scenarios and virtual environments to provide a realistic and informative simulation. The award-winning product has been continuously selected as the de-facto training simulator for all branches of law enforcement, military, security and public safety agencies throughout the U.S. and the world, and OSU-OKC offers the experience to its students.

“We’ve all seen virtual training programs that look like video games, but the MILO Range Theater takes interactive training to an entirely new level.” Robinson said. “Our students will be better trained and more responsive to use-of-force encounters allowing them to be better positioned for future law enforcement careers.”

The MILO Range Theater has also paved the way for valuable community partnerships with local, active-duty police agencies. Robinson reports that several have already used the space to expose their officers to this specialized training and expects more will follow.

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