U.S. Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) toured the newly opened phase one of the new Reality Based Training Center where law enforcement and other first responder prepare for critical scenarios. The tour and demonstrations of defensive training and de-escalation tactics come on the heels of the Senators securing $3 million in federal funding for the project.
The Senators were joined by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Undersheriff Christopher Darcy and LVMPD Foundation Executive Director Tom Kovach, who were led through the buildings and training exercises by Captain Reggie Rader and Lt. Andy Henriksen.
The $35 million first phase of the Reality Based Training Center includes two buildings. The first building, which is now complete and operational, spans over 50,000 square-feet and includes administrative offices, four classrooms with a capacity to train 240 officers, three mat rooms, and simulators.
A 130,000 square-foot structure will be an indoor tactical training village designed to accommodate training situations in life-like settings. “We want to make sure we are on the forefront of policing and tactics, that’s what this facility will enable us to do,” said Darcy. “One October underscored the importance of having us train together—so we wanted this building to be big enough to where we could bring in fire, EMT, other state and federal partners.” The shell has been constructed and fundraising continues to secure $10 million for the simulated venues including gas station/convenience store, casino and hotel room, school, doctor’s office and retail to provide a comprehensive response to situations.
“It’s a priority to keep our community safe and that starts with ensuring our law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, EMTs, everyone have the tools they need and the ability to train and prepare for whatever comes their way,” said Senator Cortez Masto.
“LVMPD officers are some of the bravest people that we know. They are men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect and keep our community safe,” said Senator Rosen. “It’s the ability to train on de-escalation tactics that allow our officers to enforce the laws and keep the peace, while keeping not just law enforcement officers but community members safe.”
Fundraising for the project has been overseen by the LVMPD Foundation. To date, $25 million of $35 million has been raised for phase one. “We are looking forward to building out the most innovative and most impressive tactical training village in the United States,” said Kovach.