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O’Fallon, Mo. police debut new training for school shootings

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The O'Fallon, Mo. police are simulator to practice for a school shooting. Credit: KMOV The O'Fallon, Mo. police are simulator to practice for a school shooting. Credit: KMOV
O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Police in O’Fallon, Missouri unveiled a new training program that literally places them inside local schools.

In the scenario, police are responding to Fort Zumwalt North High School, where a student told the principal that another student possibly had a gun.

All of it plays out inside a virtual training room with a virtual reality simulator.

“We actually go to the school, take panoramic photos of the school, bring back if you will, and produce edit and add the bad guys and players into them,” said Ed Smith with the O’Fallon, Mo. police department.

Officers go through the training with a pistol, what they carry on the job every day as well as assault rifles.

While O’Fallon police are starting with Fort Zumwalt North and West High Schools, the department will eventually use it for many city buildings including churches and business.

The O’Fallon Police Department has been working on the new Virtual Reality Training Program for more than three months.

The Fort Zumwalt superintendent was also at the training session.

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