By Shannon Najmabadi
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The Telegraph revealed the shocking test prospective SWAT officers in China undergo to prove their courage, bravery and valor: battling through a haunted house.
With only a flashlight and their wits to defend themselves, recruits must fight their way through an abandoned driving school ridden with apparitions and an “atmosphere of terror”. Left alone at this house of horrors in the dead of night, these brave cadets are expected to demonstrate their ability to stay calm in the presence of the paranormal.
“After only three steps, my flashlight shone on a skeleton,” wrote a journalist from the Wuhan Evening News who was permitted to test run the new haunted house training centre.
“Suddenly the wind started howling and there was lightening. I saw another skeleton hanging in the middle of the pouring rain.
“On my left, the screams of a baby shocked me. Then I heard a woman weeping, and then giggling. When I turned, a female corpse with long hair and dressed in white was hanging from a tree”.
Recruits are allotted one-minute to study the floor plan of the 27-room building, before soldiering their way through all manner of terrors to find the control room and “turn off the apparitions”.
Xia Zhigang, a police instructor, said the new facility was intended to beef up “officers born in the 1980s and 1990s [under the one-child policy], single children who were spoiled by their families.”
“The house generates tension, fear, the inability to concentrate and improves psychological balance,” he explained.
“This house was going to be demolished but we thought even the directors of horror movies could not find such a perfect spot,” he added.