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New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
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For immediate release: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Firearms, defensive tactics instructors from 21 law enforcement agencies attend reality-based training designed to enhance safety during high-risk situations

Week-long class sponsored in Albany by NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services

Firearms and defensive tactics instructors from police departments and sheriff’s offices in 10 counties are in Albany this week, learning how to teach their colleagues the skills and tactics designed to enhance the safety of everyone involved in high-risk situations.

The Office of Public Safety at the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is coordinating the “reality-based” force-on-force training for 30 instructors from 21 law enforcement agencies: police departments in Albany, Bethlehem, Camillus, Cohoes, Colonie, Glenville, Gloversville, Guilderland, Hudson, Plattsburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rotterdam and Troy; sheriff’s offices in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Oneida and Ulster counties; and the New York State Police, New York State Park Police and officers from the State University of New York.

The week-long training, which began Monday and ends Friday, is designed to enhance officers’ decision-making skills, reaction and response times by covering all aspects of a real force-on-force situation, such as a domestic violence call in which weapons are involved or the report of a robbery in progress. 

The training covers the psychological and physical aspects of responding to such calls, and during the training exercises, participants use simulated weapons that act and feel like the firearms they use in the line of duty. Participants also are being taught how to develop scenarios that can be used to train their fellow officers, using situations that those officers are likely to encounter on the job.

“Through its Office of Public Safety, DCJS is committed to providing training that enables officers to better serve and protect their communities,” DCJS Acting Commissioner Sean M. Byrne said. “This training is vital. It teaches officers the skills they need to survive the dangers they encounter on the job, in addition to enhancing the safety of individuals with whom they interact during high-risk situations.”

DCJS first offered reality-based training to firearms and defensive tactics instructors in April 2008. Since then, more than 200 instructors from law enforcement agencies across the state have been trained to teach their fellow officers. The course is taught by Kenneth R. Murray, the director of training for the Armiger Police Training Institute (www.armiger.net) and founder of the Reality Based Training Association located near Orlando, Fla. Murray has spent his career as a police and military trainer, specializing in the field of reality-based training.

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