Intense Field Trip Yields Quick Critical Thinking

Students Take Part in Real Life Police Scenarios Through Firearm Simulation

Student Sarah Schirmer and admissions representative Brea Lee participate in the simulation.

Globe University – Madison East criminal justice students in the introduction to criminal justice class took part in a firearms training system simulation at Truax Field  Air National Guard Base in Madison.  After a brief tutorial on how to load and handle a rifle, students participated in real life police and military scenarios.

These real life scenarios included interactions with gangs, shooters in public buildings, hostile landlords, and many others. The rifles used in the simulation were exactly like the rifles that would be used in the field except instead of actual ammunition the magazines were filled with compressed gas to provide weapon recoil.  The rifles use a wireless Bluetooth technology to communicate with the training system to give full range of motion.

This training software builds proficiency in marksmanship, judgement, shoot/don’t shoot skills,  and proper interaction and verbal skills.  The software is set up to react to those participating.  If the participant is using authority in their voice and asking the assailant to drop a gun, they are more likely to drop the gun, but if they are not asking the person may begin to shoot.  Students quickly learned to project their voices and be assertive.

“The simulation was a lot of fun to participate in,” said admission representative Brea Lee who joined the class on the field trip.  “It really gave me a sense of how intense a real life situation in the criminal justice field can be.  You really had to think fast and make quick judgement calls.  Also, it made me realize how important communication is during these situations.”

Instructor Anthony Barone reflected on the trip saying, “I think students gained a greater insight into the training and preparation that it takes to be a public servant.  And that many of the situations that law enforcement and support personnel are exposed to require high levels of quick critical thinking.”