City of Binghamton, New York

Mayor David, BPD Showcase Digital Police Range Simulator

3/28/2017

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David and officials from the Binghamton Police Department today showcased the City’s digital police range simulator for the first time.

“While we can’t simulate every situation in the field, technology can give our officers new training opportunities to keep decision making sharp and improve their skills,” said Mayor David. “We’ve made these investments in public safety technology to protect our officers and make for a stronger department.”

The VirTra V-180 simulator has a three screen, 180-degree immersive training platform to improve situational awareness and use-of-force judgment in realistic training scenarios. Recoil and environmental feedback enhance realism during training.

The simulator cost $155,550, paid for through a $37,400 New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services grant and $118,150 in capital funding.

The Binghamton Police Department has hosted other agencies, including the Johnson City Police Department, on the simulators.

“Because of their versatility, digital simulators are fast becoming one of the best training investments for law enforcement agencies large and small,” said Binghamton Police Chief Joseph T. Zikuski. “We can load specific training modes to focus on target practice, overcoming distractions or scanning for suspects and then switch environments with the touch of a button.

The digital range simulator is just one tool utilized during regular in service training, which includes classes and programs in a variety of law enforcement disciplines. In addition to the digital range simulator the Department operates a physical firing range at City Hall.

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