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New Anderson Training Simulator Will Save Lives, Tax $

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Officers face a giant screen on a wall, with weighted weapons tailored just for the program. The program reacts based on the officer's verbal commands, choice of weapon – gun, taser or pepper spray – and aim. Officers face a giant screen on a wall, with weighted weapons tailored just for the program. The program reacts based on the officer's verbal commands, choice of weapon – gun, taser or pepper spray – and aim.
ANDERSON, S.C. -

A new interactive firearms training simulator in Anderson is helping officers across the upstate learn how to keep you safe while also saving tax dollars.

The simulator will be open to officers across the upstate and can train them on more than 1,000 different scenarios.

Officers face a giant screen on a wall, with weighted weapons tailored just for the program. The program reacts based on the officer's verbal commands, choice of weapon – gun, taser or pepper spray – and aim.

Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart said how an officer reacts can mean the difference between life and death.

“If they see this now, on a screen, when they encounter it in real life it's going to make a big difference," said Stewart.

The simulator also saves taxpayers money on ammunition.

“There is a shortage of ammunition at this time. The last shipment we received, we waited for over a year," said Stewart.

He said the ammunition shortage has caused prices to go up. The guns used in the simulator load up with CO2 canisters instead of bullets.

Live-action active shooter training takes a location, plus lots of time, manpower and planning. The simulator takes just one or two people to operate.

Stewart said the simulator will not replace practicing on the firing range, but instead is a cost-effective way to maximize their training experience.

Police will be able to add video to the training simulator from areas around Anderson, including government buildings, the jail, courtrooms and schools.

Beginning this summer, school resource officers from Anderson city and county will use the simulator for active shooter training.

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