Magazine article Corrections Forum

MPR 2012 Offers the Latest in Protective Gear and Technology

Magazine article Corrections Forum

MPR 2012 Offers the Latest in Protective Gear and Technology

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Nearly 1,000 law enforcement and corrections officers from across the nation converged on the former West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville for the 16th annual Mock Prison Riot. The event gave law enforcement and corrections officers the chance to train under the most realistic conditions possible with the newest, cutting-edge technologies and equipment.

Held since 1997, Mock Prison Riot (MPR) is a comprehensive law enforcement and corrections tactical training and technology event which includes realistic training scenarios, technology demonstrations, certification workshops, a skills competition, 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, and unlimited opportunities for feedback, networking, and camaraderie on a global scale. Technology developers and practitioners come from all over the world to participate.

West Virginia Division of Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein points out that MPR has undergone significant changes over the past year and that there's more to come for the future, particularly in the event schedule.

"Despite extenuating circumstances, MPR 2012 went remarkably well," Rubenstein said. After 15 years, funding for the program from the United States Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice was eliminated. In an effort to keep the event viable for 2012 and future years for the law enforcement and corrections industry, the W. V. DOC and the newly-formed West Virginia Corrections Training Foundation took responsibility for the event.

"We assumed responsibility in January when funding expired and had a very short timeframe to prepare for the 2012 event," Rubenstein said. "Many people worked very hard to accomplish the planning, preparation, and execution of the 2012 event in just 90 days. Now, we look forward to growing the event and having full planning cycles for future MPRs."

SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR MPR 2013

He points out that program's website, www.mockprisonriot.org, is currently in the process of being updated and is expected to be complete and registration open for 2013 this fall. In addition, the event schedule will change for future years. The change includes the number of event days and when activities start and finish. For 2013, the Skills Competition will be held on Sunday and Monday, May 5-6; and the Mock Prison Riot will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8. "This new schedule eliminates weekend travel for technology developers who participate and reduces the amount of time practitioners will be away from their agencies by one full day," he points out.

At MPR 2012, instructors from across the United States taught 24 workshops, and 55 tactical training scenarios were executed. International representation included attendees from Canada, Australia, Israel, and China. Twenty-nine states from the U.S. were represented. Forty exhibitors showcased their technologies. Here is a sampling of some of the hot products that were creating a buzz:

PROTECTIVE APPAREL

Tactical System

HTS showcased a revolutionary two-piece gender specific tactical system that fits easily under standard issue uniform. Blunt force trauma impact management is available with additional NIJ Level 11 Stab and/or NIJ Level HlA Ballistic Panels for increased threat protection. Quick and easy to deploy, it is covert, comfortable and supports a full and unimpeded natural range of motion. High performance machine-washable fabric features state-of-the-art moisture and body temperature regulation with microbial/antibacterialproperties.

HTS Inc., www.h-tactical.com, 1.604.630.7022

Protective Helmet

A-Bravo Half Shell is an affordable, lightweight four-pt. suspension helmet with Bungee Molle fastener. Its offers a cut out shell for headsets and comes with nape pad and multi chin strap for stable NVG platform. It has black zinc phillips bolts for complete field strip. Dynamic porting and removable EVA foam provide maximum comfort and breathability. Said to be the only helmet that decontaminates; it is also waterproof and shockproof. …

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