Shillington police department to get firearm simulation training system

Shillington police department to get firearm simulation training system

The Shillington Police Department has received funding to get advanced firearms training software that allows officers to practice firing at simulated silhouettes with programming capability to customize shooting scenarios to mimic the layout of local schools.

The DART Firearm Simulation Training System will allow the small department to enhance its training operations and increase officer readiness. The virtual design means live ammunition is not required for training, increasing officer safety during training, as well as bypassing the amount of funding and resources needed for traditional live training sessions, officials said.

The system offers advanced simulation training, including stationary silhouettes and live decision-making scenarios.

The $13,300 for the system was provided by the Shillington Lions Club and includes a matching grant by the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation.

Richard Taylor, a board member of the Lions of Pennsylvania Foundation, has a check to match funds from the Shillington Lions Club so the local club could buy firearms training simulation software for the borough police department. (COURTESY OF MADISON KALEY)

“We didn’t donate these funds just to the police department,” said Dan
Lubas, a Shillington Lions board member. “We donated these funds to more than 5,000 residents of Shillington as well as the members of the communities who will all benefit from advanced police training that this system will provide.”

The donation was formally made in a ceremonial check-presentation Thursday evening in Shillington Memorial Park during the Shillington Lions Clubs’ first meeting of the year.

The Shillington Lions Club is a service organization providing for and
supporting the needs of all individuals in local communities. Locally, Shillington Lions hold collections, donate funds and provides direct services.

Shillington Police Chief Brett Hivner expressed gratitude on behalf of the department and community.

After learning about this training system, he said he was unsure if it was even practical to present in a future budget proposal because the small borough has limited resources. He said the new training tool will provide invaluable opportunities.

Hivner said his department will eventually invite the police departments to use the software for training.

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