Why Law Enforcement Trusts Unit Solutions

March 2, 2023

During the process of becoming a police officer, cadets get a great deal of training at the police academy before they get their badges and start their first jobs.. But one of the most important parts of their job is to maintain that level of preparedness after the academy  With domestic terrorism on the rise, an increasing mental health crisis, and more protests, riots, and civil unrest, it’s becoming more difficult - and more essential - for law enforcement to receive the best training possible to help prepare them for the dangerous, high-pressure real-life incidents.

In this article, we’ll run through some of the training requirements of becoming a law enforcement officer, look at why simulation training is essential for police officers, and why UNIT4’s Training System provides the most realistic simulation training in the U.S. that’s trusted by law enforcement around the country.

Law Enforcement Training

Police officers in the United States undergo a rigorous training process that is designed to prepare them for the challenges of the job. The first step is to complete a police academy program, which typically lasts for around six months. During this time, trainees will learn about the law, firearms safety, and self-defense. They will also receive instruction in first aid and emergency response. 

Once they have completed the academy program, officers must then complete a period of on-the-job training, during which they will shadow experienced officers and learn how to apply their skills in real-world situations. After completing their training, officers must then pass a series of exams before they are officially sworn in as police officers.

In-Service Training

Police officers continue to receive ongoing training throughout their careers to help improve their skills and keep civilians safe. This training is typically provided by state or local police academies, and it covers a wide range of topics such as the use of force, cultural sensitivity, and firearms safety. 

Police officers are required to complete additional training on an annual basis. This helps to ensure that they are up-to-date on the latest best practices and that they can effectively respond to the changing needs of their communities. As a result of this ongoing training, police officers in the United States are better prepared to safely and effectively serve their communities.

Why Simulation Training Is Good for Police Officers

Real-life situations are constantly evolving and crime-prevention strategies becoming more complex, so law enforcement must receive adequate training that enables them to respond. Simulation training is one of the most effective ways to do this. It’s a type of training that uses simulations - either virtual or in-person - to educate and prepare law enforcement officers for real-life incidents so they can keep the communities they serve safe.

Simulation training can be used to teach officers how to handle a variety of scenarios, including:

  • Active shooter situations
  • High-risk vehicle stops 
  • High risk warrant service
  • Hostage situations
  • …and many more.

The most important aspect of simulation training is teaching officers about the use of force in situations where different applications of force will be required.

UNIT4 Training System - Trusted By U.S. Law Enforcement

With the dramatic increase in mental health crises, protests, riots, active shooters and domestic terrorism, the current working environment for law enforcement officers is as demanding and challenging as its ever been. Our officers need to be prepared to react and respond to critical situations with calmness, decisiveness and force where necessary to protect themselves and their communities.

Virtual simulation training is a step in the right direction. Thanks to technology, these forms of training are more advanced than ever before. But at UNIT Solutions, we believe that for officers to replicate real-world scenarios as closely as possible, they need a “non-virtual” training environment.

We’ve created the UNIT4 Training System to provide exactly that. The pillar of this training is the UNIT4 Training Rifle - classified by the ATF as a “non-firearm”, yet is identical to the M4 in fit, form and function. Our training system has been designed to give officers and agencies an affordable and highly realistic training experience. No sterile training environments, no virtual screens. Just highly authentic scenarios they will face on the streets.

UNIT4’s Training System is trusted by law enforcement agencies around the U.S. 

Some of the key benefits include:

  • The UNIT4 Training System offers a safe - but highly realistic - training experience that closely models real-life scenarios.
  • Training can be conducted in environments including schools, malls, and other indoor and outdoor locations.
  • The UNIT4 Training Rifle is safe and non-lethal - no need for bulky, unrealistic gear, just the appropriate eye, mouth, ear, face and sensitive area protection.
  • The UNIT4 Rifle uses 100% biodegradable, lead-free and brass-free projectiles that won’t penetrate covered human skin or break glass.
  • enables cost-effective tactical training without the risk or red tape.
  • Costs for UNIT4 marking or non-marking rounds are as low as $0.35 - up to 50% cheaper (or $3000 cheaper per 10,000 rounds) than other blanks or non-lethal ammunition.

About Unit Solutions

UNIT Solutions is dedicated to being the pre-eminent non-lethal training solution for law enforcement and military worldwide. Based on direct feedback from military and law enforcement professionals, we have custom engineered an affordable solution to directly address existing training challenges and provide the best training system on the market for realistic force-on-force and decision-making training. Visit our website for more information.