High-tech Police training

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois police department has purchased a video game-style simulator so officers can get more training on handling life-or-death situations.

 Fairview Heights police department purchased the same technology used by police academies across the U.S. to train officers.

   The simulator is programmed with 850 scenarios that appear on a large screen. Officers respond to what's happening, whether it's a hostage situation or an emotionally unstable person holding a cellphone.

   Police Chief Nick Gailius says officers have to respond to real-life situations in a split second. He says "the body has to naturally respond, and they do that by training."

   The department paid for the $29,000 simulator using money from drug seizures. The public will get to try the simulator at a May 12 open house.
 

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