NEWARK, Ohio, October 10, 2016 – In a profession where split-second decisions could be the difference between life and death, getting the right training for law enforcement students is critical. Police chiefs, state lawmakers, Central Ohio Technical College Board of Trustees members and the public are invited to attend a demonstration on Oct. 18 of the college's new state-of-the-art training system. The system will help prepare Basic Police Academy and law enforcement technology students for what they may encounter on the job.
The Multiple Interactive Learning Objectives (MILO) simulator puts students through scenario-based firearms training. It has more than 800 scenarios to test decision making in a life or death situation.
"The MILO gives us the ability to allow our students to make a mistake in a critical situation, walk away and learn from their mistake," said COTC Public Services and Safety Director Kevin Reardon. "The simulator is forgiving; the real world is not. We also now have the capability to introduce new scenarios in addition to scenarios that are already programmed."
MILO is not just for use in classrooms. It is used by police departments nationwide.
"The use of the MILO simulator exposes our students to both common and unique situations that they may encounter," said Reardon. "It does so in an environment that stresses critical thinking and assessment skills. The students in our Basic Police Academy and law enforcement technology program will benefit greatly from being exposed to many common situations that the simulator presents in addition to the critical thinking situations where split-second decisions are required. The simulator is a valuable training resource for law enforcement students as well as seasoned law enforcement professionals."
The MILO demonstration will be held Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. in the John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center Performance Platform, room 126.
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala