While you were working: Active shooter training goes to Hollywood

You’ve come to the end of another week, so sit back and catch up on the important stories you may have missed.

Police officers in St. Louis, Mo., are training in an active shooter simulator—five screens that create an environment the officer has never encountered. Officers get modified versions of their service weapons, then the simulator tracks the officer’s shot placement while cameras film their performance for playback later. The department paid about $300,000 for the simulator from VirTra, which comes with 175 scenarios.

Meanwhile, active shooter drills returned to Hollywood this week, with Paramount Pictures prepping their staff for a movie premier scenario. First responders from the LAFD and the LAPD trained employees at the Sherry Lansing theater in the ‘Run, Hide, Fight’ program. The training comes a month after Universal Studios did the same.

As of last month, there had been 23 school shootings in the United States. That’s 1 shooting a week, per CNN. Maybe that’s why schools are taking out insurance policies that protect them in the event of a mass shooting. Premiums can vary from $1,400 for $1 million of insurance for a small private school to $100,000 for $10 million for large public schools, according to Reuters. While some administrators worry about the cost, these events can be extremely expensive—it cost taxpayers in Newton, Conn. $50 million to build a new elementary school after the Sandy Hook shooting.

Finally, the maker of the “Active Shooter” game has put it back online after the video game network STEAM and crowdsourcing site Indigogo pulled it following protests, according to the Associated Press. The game is billed as a SWAT simulator that lets players choose to be the shooter terrorizing a school or the police taking them down. The 21-year-old Russian developer said he would not be censored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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