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Simulator offers Anderson police interactive training

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An officer trains in the interactive lab. (June 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) An officer trains in the interactive lab. (June 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
An officer trains in the interactive lab. (June 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) An officer trains in the interactive lab. (June 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Some of the weapons used in the simulator. (June 11, 2014/FOX Carolina) Some of the weapons used in the simulator. (June 11, 2014/FOX Carolina)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson police have a new training opportunity that puts them in real-life scenarios beyond the firing range.

The Anderson Police Department opened up a new, interactive firearms training simulator.

Officers shoot at people on the screen, with the suspects able to talk. The simulator offers various scenarios, including some where the criminals listen to the officers.

Police say the simulator offers more useful training than a traditional shooting range.

"In here, the officer has to make decisions on whether to use force, not to use force, what level force to use," said Sgt. Dan Hodges with Anderson police. "It makes the officer a better decision-maker out on the streets when it's for real."

The simulation not only offers additional training experience but it also saves the department thousands of dollars as the guns used in the simulator run on carbon dioxide canister instead of bullets or paintballs.

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