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$3M training program for shooter tested in capital

Posted: November 20, 2013 5:30 p.m.
Updated: November 20, 2013 5:30 p.m.

Sacramento police officers are displayed on a $3 million computerized training simulation as they search for gunmen portrayed as attacking a hotel.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police officers and firefighters are using a $3 million video simulation developed by the Army to practice for the possibility of gunmen terrorizing the capital city.

Thirty-six emergency workers huddled over computer screens during a demonstration Wednesday, pretending they were inside a hotel near the Capitol. They could open every virtual door and enter every room, just as if they were searching for a real shooter.

It's the first time emergency responders have tried the training system, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Sacramento Police Officer Michele Gigante likened it to playing "Call of Duty," with all the first-person realism and adrenalin rush.

Officials say emergency workers nationwide will be able to train using the software.


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