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Shooting simulator lets officers practice use of weapons in multiple scenarios

A state-of-the-art shooting simulator was installed midyear for Oklahoma City police. It includes video-editing software that will allow police to develop scenarios using Oklahoma City landmarks.
BY MATT DINGER Modified: October 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm •  Published: October 21, 2012

“You can go anywhere from a traffic stop all the way up to an active shooter in a mall or a school,” Byrne said. “You can go from a domestic to an armed robbery in progress to you're just searching a building — like we do almost on a nightly basis — that you've got an open door and you go into it and you've got somebody inside.”

The simulator puts to the test the split-second reflexes required in assessing what is in the suspect's hand. Is it a pistol or is it a staple gun? The officer's survival — and freedom — depends on their ability to make that distinction in the blink of an eye, he said.

There also are Spanish modules, so officers can practice their language skills in realistic scenarios.

A cutting-edge feature allows the police department to make its own exercises with video-editing software. One day, the simulations will take place at city landmarks, Byrne said.

“They're hoping to get quite a few hours with the recruits in here, and the other officers will start coming in here for training as well,” he said.