BARTLETT, TN (WMC) - Imagine this: you're a police officer making a traffic stop and the passenger of the car pulls a gun. What would you do?
It's a split second decision that comes with a lot of training. That's why the Bartlett Police Department is participating in a firearms simulator to help prepare.
"If we're going to make mistakes, we want to make mistakes in this room, not out there on the street," Tina Schaber, Bartlett PD captain, said.
The simulator runs more than 250 different scenarios; ranging from a traffic stop, to domestic calls, to actives shooters and everything in between.
"These situations help out officers in their split second decision making, which comes into play a lot." Schaber said.
The gun feels exactly like the pistol a police officer uses. The only difference: it's not filled with bullets. Instead, they use Bluetooth technology and air compression to simulate gunfire.
Much like situations on the streets, the simulator can change in an instant.