Clinton County looks at police training facility

LOCK HAVEN — The Clinton County commissioners will use a $28,906 grant to facilitate creation of a local law enforcement training center they hope will save money for the county in the long run.

The board approved a grant agreement Thursday with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency for a “Laser Shot” system.

The “Laser Shot” system is akin to the popular laser facilities used by tag teams, but in this case, county probation official Eric Winslow said, it’s coupled with a “scenario simulator” that can generate hundreds of different situations the instructor can change all with the click of a mouse.

The programs mimic real life, split-second decisions officers have to make … decisions that could mean the difference between life and death.

According to Commissioner Jeff Snyder, the system will be used in the vacant portion of the Department of Emergency Services (DES) facility in Flemington.

Snyder said local officers have been sent to facilities in other areas, at some cost to the county, and added that the local hope is to create a training center in the county to save on the cost of training.

The officers will continue to train with live rounds at the Sportsmen’s Club in the Loganton area, and with computer-generated imagery in the Flemington center.

No live rounds will be used in the former school, and air-soft rounds will be the order of the day, Winslow said.

The idea is to put officers in stressful situations so they can learn to make sound decisions before any mistakes are made.