New auxiliary police officers (APOs) with private security firm Certis Cisco can be deployed more quickly, with an upgraded indoor shooting range that cuts training time by 25 per cent.
The range in Jalan Afifi, which officially reopened last week, now features automated targeting systems that are the latest in the market, according to Certis Cisco.
Trainers are able to control the system wirelessly to adjust settings, such as the distance between APOs and their targets, in the shooting lanes.
Previously, they had to manage these factors from a control box, but are now able to observe their trainees from within the shooting area.
Said Mr Vijayakumar P.T., vice-president and head of Certis Cisco Academy: "The newly upgraded range allows us to be more efficient in terms of training time. This increases the officers' productivity, and they are happier."
Officers now spend 30 to 35 minutes at each shooting session, instead of 40 to 45 minutes previously. This shortens the duration of training for APO trainees, as well as retraining sessions for current officers, allowing them to be sent out to the field quicker.
The shooting range, which caters to both Certis Cisco officers and commercial clients, also has an improved night mode. This simulation allows for various light intensities to imitate dark environments, so training for both day or night scenarios can be done at the range.
Previously, officers had to conduct night training at an outdoor range.
The facility also has a portable small-arms training simulator, which was introduced in 2007, and can screen footage of various scenarios, such as a hostage crisis and a bank robbery.
Said Senior Staff Sergeant Shaiful Adha, who is a marksman and trainer at Certis Cisco: "Sometimes, new officers' knowledge of shooting comes only from movies. The challenge is to make them realise this is real.
"We are lucky to have our own range, because we can train any time."
The Straits Times understands that there are at least three shooting ranges for security training purposes in Singapore. These are at the Jalan Afifi Certis Cisco facility, the Home Team Academy, which trains Singapore police officers, and the Multi-Mission Range Complex, owned by the Ministry of Defence.
Certis Cisco's shooting range is able to accommodate 3,000 officers a month, comprising both trainees and full-time auxiliary police officers.
On the whole, Singapore employs about 7,000 auxiliary police officers. Certis Cisco APOs make up more than half of them, while Aetos has some 2,600 APOs.
They are deployed to complement police resources, support the Singapore Police Force at major events, and protect sensitive installations.
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