Las Vegas police to get reality-based training at $35M center 5 years after deadliest US shooting
Five years since the Oct. 1, 2017, shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas claimed 58 lives — and two more after that night — officers with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) can receive reality-based training at a new $35 million facility.
The LVMPD Foundation, which raises money for the police department, has so far garnered $29 million in donations for the $35 million, reality-based training facility, which is set to be completed by the end of next year.
The planning for the training center, from an idea standpoint and a conceptual standpoint, however, began prior to the 2017 shooting, Kovach said.
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"The first building, which is completed and operational — that building contains the administrative functions for the training center," Kovach explained.
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There is also a simulation room that "allows different scenarios to be projected on the walls. "
Thousands of officers have already experienced training — including reality-based training, advanced officer skills training, and bleed training — in the first building.
Up to 30 students can be trained at once in the first building.
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CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe goal is to teach officers how to properly respond to high-intensity scenarios in a way that saves as many civilian and officer lives as possible.
While reality-based training centers are not new for police, the LVMPD Foundation's center is a first-of-its-kind in terms of scale and functionality, Kovach said.