Palm Beach also needs a virtual voting simulator.
Via Palm Beach Post:
The Palm Beach Police Department is using the increasing number of protests in Palm Beach since Donald Trump was elected president as a reason to buy a $200,000 virtual training simulator.
The purchase of the machine (technical name: VirTra 300 Firearms Simulator System) was unanimously approved Tuesday by the Town Council after a short presentation from former Director of Public Safety and current Town Manager Kirk Blouin.
The machine will cost about $210,000, according to a memo Acting Police Chief Nicholas Caristo sent to the council. The department will use a $50,000 grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to help pay for the machine. The rest will be paid with donations through the Palm Beach Police Foundation, the memo said.
In the memo, Caristo cited the “many hostile crowds” from protests relating to “President Trump’s election to office” as a reason for the machine’s purchase. He also cited the “increase in violence at schools and places of worship.”
On Tuesday, Blouin told the council the machine will help the police department train its new hires, some of whom have “limited or no police experience.”
“Some of these applicants in front of us have never been in a fist-fight, and we’re gonna put a gun and a weapon in their hand,” Blouin said. “So the only way we can combat that is to train.”
The town has struggled to hire and retain experienced police officers since about 2012, when the council enacted deep pension and benefit cuts to its public safety sector. The town posted openings for police positions on its website during the summer and again posted for full-time officers on Nov. 2.
Police officials hope the simulator will help reduce the learning curve for some of their new hires while serving as a skill-sharpening tool for veteran officers.
“It allows you to adapt to stressful environments to make good decisions,” Blouin told the council. “It’s a great simulator for us to allow our police officers to be better trained.”