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Buffalo News Media Buckle On Gunbelts In New CBP Virtual Training System

Release Date: 
May 24, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosted local news media for a demonstration of the new Virtual Training simulator system. The system consists of a series of projection screens that circle around a small stage. Images are projected on the screens depicting fast-paced events involving active shooters or situations involving confrontations and standoffs. Officers join training scenarios with a full range of inert weapons, including pistols and rifles that fire electronic pulses.

WIVB-TV reporter Katie Alexander joins CBP officer in new Virtual Training system

WIVB-TV reporter Katie Alexander joins CBP officer in new Virtual Training system

Local news media were briefed on CBP’s use-of-force policy, followed by a live demonstration of the Virtual Training simulator by two CBP officers. Reporters were then offered the chance to participate, buckle on a virtual gun belt, and apply use-of-force principles in several rapidly-moving, deadly situations. Each reporter left the session with a better understanding of actual events officers may face without warning. 

“Our front line officers are professional and well-trained. They face an ever-evolving threat as they protect our. nation and communities,” said Acting Director Rose Hilmey. "This simulator is a great addition to our training resources in the Buffalo Field Office.”

The five-screen virtual simulator uses cutting-edge video, sound and interactive technology to provide realistic training and teaching opportunities for many types of real-world law enforcement use-of-force scenarios.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021