Wednesday, March 30 2016 – A press conference was held at City National Bank in Ripley, WV announcing grants offered from the Community Foundation of Jackson County to multiple recipients in the Jackson County, WV area.  Among the recipients was the City of Ravenswood Police Department receiving a total of $13,430 to help purchase a Use of Force Simulator to allow simulated real world training scenarios that increase awareness, perception, and decision making skills critical to preserving life and increasing safety of officers and community.  Chief of Police, Lance Morrison, of the Ravenswood Police Department received the grant after applying and collaborating with other departments to maximize benefits across the state. In addition to the City of Ravenswood Police Department, the City of Ripley Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, and the West Virginia State Police Department will benefit from the simulator.

Morrison communicates that “there aren’t many options for real world training” and the simulator – where multiple scenarios are played on a large screen that allows simulated firearm use with recoil to mimic physical experiences – will allow users to discern which method of force is best for the situation.  Morrison hopes the simulator will also be a tool for a proposed Citizens Police Academy for the Ravenswood community.

Jane Winters, Executive Director of The Community Foundation of Jackson County, states, “we couldn’t fully fund this” and support of community donations from Valtronics and other businesses and community members made this possible.  Valtronics donated through the Adopt-a-Cop program to support the simulator and safety across the community and we look forward to hearing about progress with the program.

To learn more about the Community Foundation of Jackson County contact Executive Director, Jane Winters, at 304-372-4500 or janewinterjccf@frontier.com.