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When police recruits at Youngstown State University’s Police Academy take their stance and prepare to ready, aim and fire, it won't be with traditional bullets, at least not in one training class.

"They're training with lasers that have been retro-fitted into actual Glock pistols. The pistols are able then too actually rapid fire just like they would in a normal shooting situation," said Edward Villone, police academy commander at Youngstown State University.

The computerized system is actually a prototype that allows the officers to train using with what appear to be real life scenarios. "It's brand new on the market. We're testing it right now and you’re able to make corrections, count hits, count time. There's a lot of different functions that it actually will allow you to do, as well as project targets throughout the room," Villone said.

Those in training are pleased that it allows them to focus on what's most important early on and perfect their technique for when it really counts. "It takes that nervousness away. Obviously when you go on with the live rounds you are anticipating everything. Having the lasers and having this training, you can focus on things such as the trigger pull, using the sights, focusing on your target and everything you need to focus on,” said police cadet Kelsey Adkins.

It’s the same technique as live fire without the big bang and for YSU, they're saving approximately one third of the money they would if they were using bullets, not to mention the safety factor.

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