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MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) -

South Georgia law enforcers have a new training tool to help them make life or death decisions.

The Moultrie Police Department used a $200,000 a federal Community oriented policing services grant to buy a state of the art indoor weapons simulator.

The simulator is the first of its kind in the area.

It will provide realistic training to Moultrie Law enforcement and surrounding agencies.

Moultrie Police Sergeant Daniel Lindsay shows us how the Judgmental Use of Force Simulator works.

The simulator helps officers fine tune their decision making in a tense environment.

"Helps them make those split second decisions that can affect, both them and the victim and the victim's family for a lifetime," says Tony McBrayer, GA Representative.

Officers often have to make those life and death decisions in the field. The simulator shows them the results of their shots.

"This training allows the officers to see after the fact where their shots land and improve their accuracy and overall training with their firearm," says Sergeant Daniel Lindsay, Moultrie Police.

When officers are on patrol, it is vital for them to be aware of their surroundings.

The simulator provides a realistic 360 degree screen with scenarios officers deal with regularly.

"You don't want them to encounter that the very first time out on the street, you want them to have the opportunity here to learn what decisions to make what reactions are appropriate so that way when they do encounter them out on the street, they are prepared," says Jay Powell, GA Representative.

And this new training technology does not only benefit Moultrie law enforcement, but students at Moultrie tech as well.

"It also gives our criminal justice students a lab so that they can see really what it means to be a law enforcement officer," says Tina Anderson, Moultrie Tech. College President.

And this technology is a huge improvement from what they are used to training with.

"We use paper targets, a stationary object of one dimension which does not give the reality of a live situation, with this it is 3 dimensional, it gives you where you have to look at your surroundings and it also gives you a human silhouette to use as a target versus a paper target," says Lindsay.

And not only target practice, but the chance to use weapons they carry every day.

The simulator will help teach officers the judgment involved in choosing to use a deadly or non deadly force.

Surrounding counties can pay a fee to bring their law enforcement officers to train on the new training simulator.

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