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Training Meets Competition

NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 56 Issue: 3 Dated: March 2008 Pages: 32,33,37,38
Ed Nowicki
Date Published
March 2008
4 pages
This article describes the aims and features of three competitive law enforcement events that will be held the day before the beginning of the fifth ILEETA (International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association) Conference and Expo to be held in Wheeling, IL, on April 1-5, 2008.
The "Iron Cop" competition is designed to measure an officers' ability to perform job-related physical skills, regardless of gender. In appropriate classes and divisions, individual officers compete in events that assess their endurance, flexibility, speed, power, agility, and technical skills such as handcuffing and shooting. All events are objectively scored by qualified instructors from the Police Kinesiology Company. The law enforcement driving skills competition allows sworn officers to display their driving skills behind the wheel of the L-3 electronic Driving Simulator. The use of the L-3 Driving Simulator allows competing officers to drive a standard course in which the conditions are the same for each participant. The scoring system is the same for all drivers, and the feedback is immediate. Since vehicle incidents are the leading cause of death and injuries to officers, the driving competition brings a recognition of driving dangers and driving proficiency to the attention of officers. The third competition, called the ILEETA Cup, is a two-stage competition handgun event that uses two separate portable handgun-training systems. Detroit Armor/Meggitt Defense Systems will bring its Road Range Trailer for the "live-fire" portion of this event. The trailer is a fully equipped range inside of a traditional trailer protected to allow the safe use of live fire. In the second stage of the competition, a firearms simulator will test officers' skill with a handgun.