Police agencies around Valley testing virtual training simulator; tech creates real-life scenarios

Police agencies around the Valley and state are testing a new virtual training simulator.

The program is made by Tempe-based Virtra. It provides an almost 360 degree training simulator and puts officers in real-life scenarios where their skills and judgment are tested.

“The officers verbal commands are also tested." said Scott Duiillo with Virtra. “The scenario can escalate or calm down depending on how they handle it."

As of now, there are no Valley agencies that use the program as part of their training regimen.      

Several agencies though are testing it out. The cost of the program is anywhere from $100,000 to $300,000.

It is being used in Yuma and with the Tucson border patrol.

The demonstrations and training continues through Thursday at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility.

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