What was apparently not a priority was replacing the department's nonfunctional FATS equipment.
FATS is the standard acronym for FireArmsTraining Simulator. A computer operated shoot-don't shoot training tool. The first goal of FATS is to insure everyone goes home, secondary is acceptable use of lethal force.
According to a Charlotte Observer review of the Estate of Jonathan Ferrell v. Ćity of Charlotte depositions:
CMPD Maj. Michael Adams, who supervised training at the time of Ferrell’s death, testified that the department has used a training simulator since about 2002 but the equipment became inoperable in 2008 and wasn’t replaced for four years.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article30514749.html#storylink=cpy.
Long time readers of CP might remember blog posts in 2010 about CMPD Officers taking time off to conduct recurrent training at "Paint Ball" ranges in Union and York counties. Often at their own expense.
Sources tell Cedar Posts that the academy requested funding to replace the system in 2008, 2009 and again in 2011. Apparently the inflow of federal dollars during the run up to the DNC 2012 and/or FBI and Seceret Service demands forced Chief Monroe to approve the replacement of the system in 2012.
Even so the request for a 300 degree state of the art system was denied by command staff.
Apparently Chief Monroe felt that Shot Spotter, new motorcycles and assault vehicles were a priority, and the idea of spending upwards of $150k to train officers just wasn't something that had enough bling to it.
No word of how much if any time Officer Kerrick had on the FATS system during the year prior to Jonathan Ferrell's death. It seems however the outcome would not change.