Shillington Police Department to get Simulated Firearms Training System
Shillington Police Department received funding for advanced firearms training software that allows officers to practice shooting simulated silhouettes with programming capability to customize shooting scenarios to mimic the layout of local schools.
The DART Firearms Simulation Training System will enable the small department to improve its training operations and increase officer readiness. The virtual design means live ammunition is not needed for training, increasing officer safety during training, as well as bypassing the amount of funding and resources needed for traditional live training sessions, officials said.
The system offers advanced simulation training, including hover silhouettes and live decision-making scenarios.
The $13,300 for the system was provided by the Shillington Lions Club and includes a matching grant from the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation.
“We didn’t just give those funds to the police department,” Dan said.
Lubas, Shillington Lions board member. “We have donated these funds to over 5,000 Shillington residents, as well as members of nearby communities who will all benefit from the advanced police training this system will provide.”
The donation was officially made at a check presentation ceremony Thursday night at Shillington Memorial Park at the Shillington Lions Clubs first meeting of the year.
The Shillington Lions Club is a service organization providing and
meet the needs of all individuals in local communities. Locally, Shillington Lions organize collections, donate and provide direct service.
Shillington Police Chief Brett Hivner expressed his gratitude on behalf of the department and the community.
After learning about this training system, he said he was unsure if it would even be practical to present it in a future budget proposal, as the small borough has limited resources. He said the new training tool will provide invaluable opportunities.
Hivner said his department would eventually invite neighboring police departments to use the software for training.