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Almost real – St. Martin Sheriff’s Office firearms training instructor Lieutenant Kyra Cole demonstrates the new VirTra Use of Force simulator. Here, Cole experiences one of the simulator’s school shooter scenarios, presented on screens that surround trainees with a chaotic 300 degree panorama of activity. (Karl Jeter)

Simulator mimics real threats

High technology is now helping prepare St. Martin Sheriff’s officers and, eventually those from other agencies, for life and death situations they hope they will never have to face. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, Sheriff Ronny Theriot and his training staff hosted local media representatives to introduce a new virtual-reality simulator ...

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