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.
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.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.