Valley police have been practicing their driving skills in a video-game-like simulator on loan from the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.
Tolleson's officers were required to train on the machine a couple of weeks ago, says the West Valley View. It's housed in a 42-foot trailer that gets hauled around to various departments.
Although the driver's seat is designed to look like a Ford Crown Victoria, a standard cop car, the software also simulates a dump truck, fire truck, or sport-utility vehicle. The big-boy game includes "evasive accident avoidance, Code 3 emergency driving and pursuits," among its scenarios.
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Sounds like a hoot.
Maybe even a little too intense: According to one Tolleson police sergeant, "the average person can only handle about six [scenarios] without getting motion sickness."
We're pretty sure that doesn't apply to teenagers.