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Police Firearms Simulator Gives Civilians Taste of NYPD Life

By Katie Honan | March 24, 2014 6:50am
 The firearms simulated training will be at Elmcor on March 25.
The firearms simulated training will be at Elmcor on March 25.
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CORONA — New Yorkers will soon be able to see what they would do if they were police officers.

A firearms training simulator will be available for use in Queens on Tuesday, March 25, when the NYPD's Department of Community Affairs will take the device to the Northern Boulevard civic group Elmcor.

The program, which the group requested, is essentially a video game that allows the user to put themselves in the role of a police officer, according to Detective Adrianne Johnson, who runs the community affairs program at the 115th Precinct.

"It's a way to let civilians see some of the things that we do," she said.

Each participant is given a fake gun hooked up to a program and is then presented with situations police officers face, ranging from accidents to domestic violence incidents.

"You have to put yourself in the scenario to see how you might handle it," she said. "You don't know what's going to pop up on the screen."

The program, which is open to the public, is usually offered at the Citizens Police Academy, which trains residents in the "legal, social and procedural aspects" of being an NYPD officer.

The simulation will be offered Tuesday at Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities, Inc., at 107-20 Northern Blvd. in Corona. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and will run until 8:30 p.m.