C-GCC has unveiled its new Use-of-Force Simulator Room – a state-of-the-art training facility designed to enhance officers’ decision-making and de-escalation skills when encountering situations that could potentially result in an officer’s use-of-force.
The three-screen Use-of-Force Simulator Room is the first of its kind at a community college in the Capital District and will be used to train law enforcement professionals from across the region, Criminal Justice students, and as a means to engage the community in the important discussion of police reform. C-GCC Professor of Criminal Justice Bill DeLuca explained that the initiative is the result of collaboration between the College, representatives from the Catskill and Hudson Police Departments, and the Columbia and Greene County Sheriffs’ offices.
“All county and municipal law enforcement agencies have been tasked with critically examining their use-of-force policies, procedures, and training,” he said. “The Use-of-Force Simulator Room will allow agencies to address concerns raised in this regard.”
DeLuca continued to note that simulator-based training allows instructors to manipulate a scenario in real-time, introducing a dynamic feature that is not often present in standard police training.
“This type of training is beneficial because it will allow law enforcement officers to be more capable of accurately recognizing situations where force may become necessary, handling the stress associated with such situations, and employing de-escalation techniques – thereby reducing the necessity for police to use physical or deadly physical force.”
The Use-of-Force Simulator Room was constructed as part of a three-phase, $20 million capital expansion project, the College’s first in more than a decade.
Photo Caption: Lt. Andrew Overbaugh of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a school-shooter simulation in the new Use-of-Force Simulator Room at Columbia-Greene Community College. The system is the first of its kind at any community college in the Capital District, and will be used to train law enforcement professionals from across the region.