New state-of-the-art equipment has arrived at Coastal Bend College – Alice and Beeville campuses that would provide a real-world experience for criminal justice students.
“A brand new simulator known as Milo Range Simulator. A simulator that we can use to practice shooting – do not shoot scenarios and de-escalation scenarios. It contains many scenarios that describe real-life situations”, said Aniceto Perez, Criminal Professor of Justice Law Enforcement.
Alice CBC students practiced on the simulator for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. The Beeville students had their first practice sessions on Monday.
Before Perez could train his students, he had to be certified on the simulator. He took the training himself. Perez has been in law enforcement for over 43 years and was the head of the Alice Police Department.
“The weapons used in the simulator are real weapons converted to fit the simulator. There is no amination,” Perez said. “Each month the company will upload it with different scenarios. By being trained on these scenarios through the Milo Range Simulator, the students will know what to look for because they will already have the training. My goal is to implement the simulator in course and use it throughout the semester.”
Perez and Alice Site Director Dr. Stephanie Yuma are excited to have the latest technology for their students and for local law enforcement.
“For us, it just means that we are able to give back to our community in a way that our community sees the need for. We are able to provide cutting-edge technology. To give deeper understanding and hands-on resources to for students to learn about the best technology out there,” Yuma said. “Not just for students, it’s also for our local law enforcement. We hope they will participate in this technology.”
“We’re a community college, so not only do we want to give back to our students but also to the community,” she said.
The Milo Range Simulator cost the college over $100,000. It was purchased with a grant requested by the community college during the summer months. Besides the “weapons”, the simulator is equipped with a tazer and a flashlight.