|Published:||Aug 20, 2010 11:37 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 20, 2010 7:00 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A routine traffic stop can turn violent in a split second.
Police face real life, horrifying crimes like this every day.
Cape Coral Police officers are using virtual simulation to handle these situations.
"It brings reality to the training. This is the state of the art training," said Cpl. Jamie Grey.
It's training of the 21st century.
Corporal Jamie Grey is operating the virtual simulation called FATS, which stands for Fire Arms Training System.
"The person who came up with this machine is a genius because he put everything we do out there on the road in here," Grey said.
Every few years, Cape officers go through this training.
Four hundred real life scenarios are on the simulation.
Scenarios such as burglaries and home invasions.
They all play out on a giant screen.
The simulation includes a fake gun, mace, and a taser.
Equipment officers use on the streets.
"We make them react. Talk to the screen. Talk like they would on the street," Corporal Grey said
The program responds to the officers commands.
Whether the suspect listens is a different story.
While it's a simulation the pressure to make the right decision is real.
Officers could end up killing someone in the simulation.
Though it's fake, the decision to shoot in real life could have a devastating impact, which is why officers say this training is so important.
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