GCC Conducts Firearms Simulator Training

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Guam -Law enforcement personnel from several local agencies are learning how to teach fellow officers and criminal justice students when to shoot and when to hold their fire.

Officers from the Guam Police Department, the Judiciary of Guam, and the Guam Department of Customs and Quarantine, as well as instructors in Guam Community College’s Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department, are being trained this week on a brand new firearms training simulator obtained by GCC through a Carl D. Perkins federal grant.

“Shoot, don’t shoot, is the phrase that’s used,” according to Jose Munoz, chair of the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences Department at Guam Community College. Munoz wrote the $327,500 grant, which purchased the firearms training simulator for $100,000. The additional  $200,000 is slated for an Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) driving simulator (which Munoz pointed out is a less expensive and safer training tool than having to purchase an additional ambulance or other emergency vehicle), 31 computers, and additional technical support and training for the simulators. Munoz cited the need to train additional law enforcement personnel due to the military buildup and increased enrollment in GCC’s Criminal Justice program as justification for the grant proposal. Enrollment in the Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice (CJ) increased from 86 students in Fall 1008 to 142 students in Fall 2009. Fall 2010 enrollment in CJ stands at 166 students.

“These law enforcement officers are learning how to use this simulator to augment the training that happens in their respective departments. This simulator allows everyone to have the same type of training so that across agencies, it will be consistent with what is taught at GCC,” said Munoz. “That way, when our graduates are hired by these agencies, everyone is on the same page as far as when to draw your weapon.”

Thirteen law enforcement personnel and/or instructors are undergoing the firearms simulator training all week long in Building 100, Rm. 105 at GCC. Greg Cunningham, the content developer for Laser Shot, Inc., the company that makes the firearms simulator, is conducting the training.

All eyes on the screen
Greg Cunningham, content developer and trainer for Laser Shot, explains firearms shooting procedures during training on the use of GCC’s new firearms training simulator at the college on Tuesday, Dec. 14.