Playas Training and Research Center (PTRC) currently serves local, state, federal, and the international law enforcement community. It provides a safe and secure environment for any training that supports the mission of the world's peacekeepers. It offers a controlled and realistic training environment which offers law enforcement personnel a premier training experience.
PTRC's range platform is unique, adaptive, and comprehensive, sharpening and advancing the effectiveness and appropriateness of law enforcement tactics, techniques, and procedures.
The expansive urban range contains over 100 standard residential structures, some fully instrumented for remote viewing and recording. During After Action Review, training can be reviewed and trainees can evaluate their performance. These training structures are available for a full range of tactical, K-9, and patrol-based scenarios.
Capabilities and Capacities
- Multiple, 10-120 seat, fully instrumented classrooms
- Residential structures available to house instructors and students
- Dining facilities
- DoD and ATF certified storage facilities for arms, ammunition, and explosives
- Over 100 three-bedroom, two-bath residential training structures available for simulated dynamic scenarios, team tactics force-on-force engagements, explosive breaching (external and internal tactical charges), gun port charges, wall breaches and break and rake for total structure domination
- "Maze houses" for training in low visiblility residence entry and rescue
- Live-fire sniper training can be accommodated
- Customer-provided aviation assets can be used for skid inserts, tactical rappels, or fast rope insertions
- Dignitary Protection training
- Dignitary Escort exercises
- High risk stops
- Patrol-based scenarios
- Undercover officer rescue operations
- Street jump or parking lot jump training
- Tactical tracking in urban or open desert environments
Live-fire weapons training complex with
- high power rifle range with 1200 yard shooting distance and target butts capable of supporting up to .50 BMG semi-automatic or bolt action rifles
- unknown distance rifle range with 60' Conex tower with multiple levels and shooting ports
- 300 yard rifle range
- two 100 yard rifle ranges
- 25 yard pistol range
Plan, practice, and execute within a controlled and realistic environment:
- Search warrants
- Surveillance operations
- Hostage rescues
- WMD/Hazmat mass casualty events
Multi-purpose training room designed to support defensive tactics, close-quarter countermeasures and reality-based training scenarios
Realistic training is immersion into a simulated environment in which disbelief is suspended by sensory information, interations, and scenario. The concept involves more than scenery and saturates trainees with the smells, sounds, and tastes of everyday life in another culture and place. Roleplayers are native to the scenario, speaking native languages and interacting through a lens of cultural expertise. Realistic simulation of wounds, time-pressure, mission obstruction, and explosives and weapons heightens stress and better prepares military personnel for performance in the field.
Reality-based training is directly attributable to helping officers in high stress situations. Officers who have “lived” the situation before can:
- Move faster through future situations, jumping to the important elements and reading them accurately
- Reduce the number of incidents of excessive use of force
- Have better recall during After Action Reviews of high stress situations
- Control their breathing and heart rate during such situations
- Have less incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, thereby helping to extend their lives and careers.
PTRC contributes to realistic training by furnishing livestock (donkeys, goats, sheep, chickens) and role players (either local or contracted through providers) engaged in daily life routine. Native Afghanistan role players have been a key resource in military training within the past six months.