By Scott Shaw, RCMP International Policing Development Branch
cost was astronomical and they were not even sold in Haiti. Next, they looked at boat simulators on the Internet, but found them to be, as Sgt. Dubeau says, "just simple video games." They wanted a program that would be as realistic as possible.
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In their experience, the next best thing to actual training was simulation, so the three intrepid officers decided to acquire a boat simulator. They first looked at buying a ready made one, but the Nike Basketball Shoes Boys
The entire project took 200 hours over four months to complete. The officers faced many hurdles, both financial and logistical, in getting the simulator set up. In the spring, the three officers provided a demonstration to a Canadian delegation, including personnel from the Canadian Embassy and the RCMP. It met with great success and positive feedback.
"The final product was better than we had imagined and the simulator is easily comparable to a commercial model," says Sgt. Dubeau. "In the end, I believe it was worth it."
Shortly after beginning their mission training GCH members, Sgt. Dubeau, Cst. Lippke and Cst. Godin were confronted with a problem that was hampering training: although the Canadian government had provided the GCH with SeaArk boats, the Haitian government was unable to pay for the fuel needed to conduct sufficient training exercises. Hands on practice with the boats is very Foamposite New important, both for preventing collisions and enabling GCH officers to train their counterparts in the future.
The simulator will now be used to provide boating training to the GCH with a view to improving border security in Haiti. It will complement other Government of Canada investments in improving the coast guard, such as providing SeaArk boats, and refurbishing the main wharves.
Three Canadian police officers deployed to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) showed their ingenuity and resourcefulness in April when they unveiled a boat simulator they developed and paid for themselves to help train the Haitian Coast Guard (GCH).
software program and a controller from the United States, which they were able to link to a console salvaged from an abandoned boat.
"S du Qu (SQ) Sergeant (Sgt.) Francois Dubeau, RCMP Constable (Cst.) Carl Eric Lippke, and SQ Cst. Danny Godin paid for and worked on the simulator, while SQ Sgt. Pascal Harvey and SQ Cst. Guillaume Dufresne (a Canadian police officer who had previously worked with the GCH), also assisted financially.
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After researching exactly what was needed to create a simulator, the canny MacGyvers sought out and purchased the equipment, adapting it to best simulate a SeaArk. They acquired an adaptable Nike Dunk Sky High Grey
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