Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler, together with the Police Chiefs’ Association of Orange County, will sponsor two demonstrations of the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) system.
The demonstrations, which will be attended by non-police members of the community, will take place in mid-October at the Police Chiefs’ Association Police Academy in New Windsor.
The District Attorney and his staff also will present information about the dynamics of street encounters involving police and the law related to police-citizen encounters.
The FATS system is a software product designed to create realistic scenarios where law enforcement officers might be called on to use their firearms in street encounters. It is used primarily as a training tool for police, but it can also provide useful insight to the public regarding situations where police officers might be forced to draw a weapon in a face-to-face encounter.
“Given the current national climate surrounding fatal police-citizen encounters,” Hoovler said, “it is vital that people understand the facts and the law behind those incidents. Hopefully, our presentations using the FATS system and discussing the dynamics and the law of police-citizen encounters will contribute in some measure to that understanding.”
For information, contact Counsel to the District Attorney Robert Conflitti or the Community Affairs Coordinator Darlene De Jesus at (845) 291-2050 or by email to DACommunityAffairs@orangecountygov.com.