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I rounded a corner and suddenly I was in the middle of a bazaar; a market selling rugs and fruit, and I noticed ancient script scrawled on old-looking walls. Beyond the market was a modest house…empty, but its contents suggested a family lived...

When training ends, teams can review video from multiple cameras stationed throughout the premises. Says Hausner: “An officer can do something 7 or 8 times and in his mind he’s thinking, ‘No, I’m not [doing that].’ We’ve all been there.” Software keeps track of who got shot and where, as well as officers’ heart rates and stress levels.

McElderry adds that the iCOMBAT safety team—consisting of educated tactical instructors in their own right—were supportive, and handy, too. He didn’t have to bring in his own staff in order to get useful feedback on-site—an added bonus for small departments in particular.

“I think the most important thing I saw is that it’s a safe training facility for us, where we can come in, we get double-, triple-checked, we don’t have to worry about people coming up on us as we’re training on a asking us what we’re doing,” he says.

Andy Rasico, product manager for iCOMBAT, says he hopes to have law enforcement training paid for completely from entertainment-side profits by the end of the year, so agencies can eventually go through for free in their own communities.

Who says work can’t be fun (sometimes), too?