PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County Sheriff John Hunt insists his deputies are well-trained and ready for whatever situation comes their way. When doing routine traffic stops, law enforcement officers can face possible dangerous situations if an unhappy driver decides to draw a weapon. In an effort to train officers to think fast and be ready when danger attacks, MILO is a firearms simulator that allows law enforcement officers to train in virtual reality.
Floyd County Deputies Oliver Little and Landon Hall are certified instructors of the MILO program. Every deputy from ran multiple training simulations during the event. The program is being used by law enforcement agencies across the state in an effort to improve officer training.
“Deputies treat the simulation exercise the same way they would treat a real situation,” said Hall. “Officers practice using voice commands, staying calm under pressure and being able to react when necessary.”
MILO allows law enforcement officials the chance to train in more than 400 different scenarios and to alter the outcome based on how an officer reacts to the situation.
“I can pick any scenario, such as a traffic stop, school shooter, domestic violence, and hundreds more,” said Little. “I also have a list of options on how the suspect reacts, they can draw a gun, run, or simply comply with officer’s commands.”
Every deputy had a chance to train with different scenarios. Training in stressful situations allows officers to remain calm and refer back to their training when faced with split-second stressful situations. Hall and Little confirmed training is something their department values and every deputy is trained and able to perform the duties of their job and more.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.