Law Enforcement

There are two tricycles, a barbeque grill, and a doll on the lawn. The open window offers a glimpse of a modest room. The birds are singing. Inside, however, there are three bomb makers and an undercover officer who has just been "made" whose life is in danger. SWAT officers round the house corner, ready to "blow the door."


Operating in a "real" residential neighborhood with cars on the street and furniture in the rooms lends a sense of reality to the exercise. Role players who react uniquely test officers' training. Unfamiliar house layouts and obstructions call for instant decision-making and reaction. A seemingly innocent car parked on the street may be devastation at the end of a circuit.


Training can't get much better than this.

Training Realism

Realistic training is immersion into a simulated environment in which disbelief is suspended by sensory information, interations, and scenario. The concept involves more than scenery and saturates trainees with the smells, sounds, and tastes of everyday life in another culture and place. Role players are native to the scenario, speaking native languages and interacting through a lens of cultural expertise. Realistic simulation of wounds, time-pressure, mission obstruction, and explosives and weapons heightens stress and better prepares military personnel for performance in the field.


PTRC contributes to realistic training by furnishing livestock (donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens) and role players (either local or contracted through providers) engaged in daily life routine. Native Afghanistan role players have been a key resource in military training within the past six months.


Immersion into the unreal...preparation for the real.




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