The Homewood Police Department will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, to demonstrate new training equipment at the Brian Carey Training Center 1023 191st St. in Homewood.
New equipment includes two simulators designed to assist in training law enforcement personnel:
- A decision-making simulator and tactical firearms training system, the VirTra V-300. According to the company’s website, the system is a five-screen, 300 degree immersive training environment used to create vivid simulations of the kind of situations law enforcement officers might face.
- A three-screen driving simulator designed to help law enforcement officers develop driving skills and quick judgment in adverse driving conditions and during pursuits, a FAAC LE-1000.
At the open house there will be demonstrations of both simulators with an opportunity for the attendees to participate and put their skills to the test.
The equipment was provided by the Cook County Department of Homeland Security. The agency, after discussions with the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police, selected Homewood’s training center as the site for the state of the art training technology, according to Homewood Deputy Police Chief Denise McGrath.
“We had room there, and it was one of those things where everything just worked out,” she said.
Homewood is providing space for the equipment but did not have to contribute financially to the project.
Having the new equipment in town will be a boon to the Homewood Police Department’s training program, McGrath said.
“I think it’s not just good for Homewood, it’s good for all the law enforcement agencies in the area,” McGrath said.