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Virtual technology helps officers train for real-life situations

– The statistics are sobering. Figures released by the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund show during last year alone, more than 130 police officers were killed nationwide. Of those who died, nearly half of them dying in firearms-related incidents, and 20 died in ambushes.

These days, departments are looking for new and better ways to train officers on how to successfully handle the latest crime trends, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) is utilizing some of the newest technology.

The technology, which is a five-screen, 300 degree virtual training ground, is designed to get the trainee’s heart racing, adrenaline flowing, and immerse the person into the scene. DPS recently purchases seven of the system, with a goal to better train and prepare its officers…

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