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Shoothouse 2.0 Almost Ready for Action

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5873e6173b503 Four Law Enforcement students build walls for their new shoothouse ‘lab’.

Four Law Enforcement students build walls for their new shoothouse ‘lab’.

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5873e6173b503 Joel B. (Leland) uses a level on the wall being constructed.

Joel B. (Leland) uses a level on the wall being constructed.

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5873e6173b503 The insulated wall. Gaps in insulation were subsequently filled.

The insulated wall. Gaps in insulation were subsequently filled.

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5873e6173b503 Julian S. (Yorkville), Tanner P. (HBR), and Tylor L. (Plano) preparing to hang drywall.

Julian S. (Yorkville), Tanner P. (HBR), and Tylor L. (Plano) preparing to hang drywall.

There’s more to Law Enforcement than meets the eye.

Last year, our beloved ‘Shoothouse’ was condemned by the Regional Office of Education. To bring it up to par would have costs thousands.

A few years ago, a garage was attached to IVVC to house project cars. It has since been used as a general storage. Director Barbic suggested using that area as the new ‘lab’ for the Law Enforcement program. With a few of the students helping, we cleaned it, made it safe, insulated it and put up walls. It is now about 80% complete with some minor tasks, like installing the camera system, still to go. By January 19th, Shoothouse 2.0 should be ready for action. Building walls and hanging drywall was not in the syllabus.

What exactly goes on in the Shoothouse? Simulations and scenario-based-training is the quickest and most effective way of learning or training. A teacher can lecture about how to do something, but showing has a lasting effect. We spend three days a week in the Shoothouse during second semester.

In the Shoothouse, students morph into bad guys or the police. First year students are assigned as the police. Second years are mainly bad guys as they have gone through the training the previous year. Second year students design the scenario and ‘play it out’ to make sure that the first year students learn the current lesson. 

In previous years, we have had several area SWAT teams, various police departments, and a federal agency train with us. Having a training center that has 14 cameras with full audio gives immediate feedback. Being able to drop airsoft into the scenarios makes it as close to real life as possible.

IVVC Law Enforcement students leave with a huge skill set that most current police officers don’t have.

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