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D.C. police unveil new training village for recruits

Wednesday - 10/2/2013, 4:02pm  ET

ERIC TUCKER
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia police department has unveiled a new tactical training village for recruits.

Mayor Vincent Gray, Police Chief Cathy Lanier and other officials cut the ribbon on the facility on Wednesday.

The center in southwest D.C. was built on the department's old firearms range.

It's intended to simulate real-life scenarios that police officers would encounter on the job, such as the Sept. 16 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. A gunman killed 12 people inside the building before being shot and killed by police.

The facility includes a "gas house," where officers can learn how to adapt to pepper spray, tear gas and other chemicals, as well as a model village designed to mimic urban life.


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