Denton Police Academy

Generic Shoot House

One of the difficulties in deconstructing and providing feedback during force-on-force training scenarios is the pace of action. This difficulty is compounded by the fact that instructors are often actors in the scenario.

I've been an actor in multiple such scenarios for several years for the Denton Police Academy, and have often looked for an opportunity to exploit video in these scenarios. I'm pleased to announce that we took the first step in this direction during a barricaded hostage-taker scenario.

This scenario requires a team of two trainees to negotiate multiple rooms in the shoothouse where shots have been fired and victims are laying on the floor. The perp, however, has barricaded himself in an interior room with multiple hostages at the door, and another (that's me) is used as a human shield. The shooter is not active, so there is a phase where the trainees talk with the hostage-taker and are supposed to devise a plan if things break down (with each other and with the hostages blocking entry). Eventually, discussion breaks down and a forced entry is required. The difficulty in this scenario is grading tactics used to take down the perp since the action happens so fast.

I placed two GoPro's in the room, one directly in line with the fatal funnel and I held the other so we could have a 'straight on' view to the action. The tripod-mounted GoPro was activated via a wrist remote, while I manually operated the other camera. Filming was at 120fps so we could observe the action from multiple views in slo-mo.

The footage proved to be immediately valuable as there was some question as to the actual sequencing of actions and who was responsible for a particular shot in several scenarios. While the final video is property of the Denton Police Academy, I am providing a couple screen shots from the editing/post process. Please Contact L-5 Imaging to discuss how we can help with your LE or corporate training efforts.

Posted By

Jim Armstrong

Founder, L-5 Imaging