LAPD unveils new training system

from Associated Press
March 22, 2010

The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled a new training system Monday aimed at helping commanders make the best decisions during emergencies.

The series of computers is configured to simulate anything from a call about a missing child to a full-scale terror attack.

Command decisions are logged and can be reviewed and analyzed to help trainees learn about the consequences of their actions.

“It’s not a computer game,” said police Sgt. Timothy Kalkus, the officer in charge of the system. “It’s what’s in the minds of the decision-makers, how they collectively solve the problem.”

The system is the first of its kind in the U.S. and cost about $370,000, Deputy Chief Michael Downing said.

There are about 50 such systems in use worldwide, and the results of the training exercises are shared with other law enforcement agencies to help learn about decision-making, system inventor Jonathan Crego said.

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