Shoot, don't shoot simulator puts training to the test

- Shoot or don’t shoot? Police officers are often forced to make split-second decisions that can save - or take - a life.

The St. Petersburg Police Department just got a brand new tool to train its force how to react in those ‘down to the wire’ situations.

The simulator allows a computer operator to control hundreds of variables in dozens of scenarios, ranging from a suspect pulling a weapon on an officer to a suspect showing his ID.

Chief Anthony Holloway says he hopes the simulator trains his officers on how to de-escalate situations – but also how to handle the worst case scenario, if it were to happen.

The shoot, don’t shoot simulator cost St. Pete police $95,000 and it was paid for with money seized from drug dealers.

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