AIS Case Study: Orange County Sheriff's Department
The Orange County Sheriff''s Department (OCSD), employs more than 1800 commissioned Deputy Sheriffs and Sheriff''s Special Officers. It is the 5th largest sheriff''s agency in the United States. Under California law, each officer must undergo at least 24 hours of police training every two years. The OCSD has also been charged with training more than 3,600 officers from other law enforcement agencies in the Southern California region during the next two years.
The challenge faced by OCSD was to both train large numbers of officers and do so in a way that would reduce the risk of the actions that have led to higher insurance rates.
In 1998, OCSD upgraded its training by purchasing an L1000 PRISim system from Advanced Interactive Systems, Inc. Thousands of officers have been trained on the equipment. "This system is heads above anything I''ve ever seen. The realism is amazing. With our old system, we stood and fired at a screen. AIS''s video-simulated system and shootback cannon make the situation so real, you think it''s actually happening real-time," says Bob Naranjo, Deputy Sheriff and Perishable Skills Instructor with OCSD. "At our Tactical Training Center, we now have state-of-the-art training simulators for our officers. AIS training is not only cost-effective, but it''s the best training I''ve ever seen."
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