Guilford sheriff to purchase firearms training simulator

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office will use federal forfeiture funds to buy a firearms training simulator, despite lingering concerns from some officials over the racial implications of the device.

The Guilford County Board of Commissioners authorized the purchase 7-2 Thursday, with Commissioners Ray Trapp and Carlvena Foster dissenting.

The sheriff’s office will spend $51,850 on the firearms training simulator, or FATS, which will replace a defunct system from the 1980s, according to county documents.

The simulator comes with 700 pre-recorded training scenarios, and allows officers to train using the same weapons they handle on a daily basis. But the scenarios depict assailants of different ethnicities, which Trapp said seemed unnecessary.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record