Police training can be a lot of fun unless it is taser or OC spray training, and then it’s absolute hell. Not many other jobs teach people to drive fast, shoot, fight. All the while, the trainees are getting in the best shape of their lives. Another fun feature is the police training simulators. However, technology has changed immensely over the last several years, and this component has evolved. The following details essential qualities for consideration when purchasing a new simulator.
Is it Engaging?
The purpose of a police training simulator is to closely simulate situations and scenarios that officers will experience in real life. Currently, much of the technology is little more than a video that plays on a projection screen or TV. Technology like virtual reality (VR) crushes this style of simulators. Officers enter the virtual environment once they put on the VR headset, and they can move, explore, and search just as they would in the real world. They are no longer looking at a video with one outcome. They are in a scenario with hundreds of thousands of possible combinations leading to different outcomes.
Can Trainees Interact?
Many of the simulators that rose to popularity in the 90s and remain popular today do not provide a way for trainees to speak or interact with subjects and suspects. So much of the methodologies behind policing have changed since these technologies emerged. Trainees can not attempt to deescalate a stagnant video. Again, it’s merely a video. In VR, trainees can talk to the suspect, give verbal commands, interview, arrest, and, if necessary, select the appropriate level of force to gain control of the suspect and situation. Trainees learn the way policing works currently in VR. Not just to play the shoot/don’t shoot video games from the legacy technology.
Can Trainers Control the Scenario?
Defensive tactics, use of force, reality-based, and other trainers have the real-world experience to pull from to instruct their recruits. The legacy technology does not allow for customization to teach specific things. Each video played on the older technology only demonstrates one thing with one possible outcome. Trainers using VR can steer the scenarios to expose their trainees to specific incidents and create learning opportunities.
The legacy technology, which is still widely used today, is little more than a video game. SURVIVR believes police training simulators should go beyond static screens and expose trainees to real-life scenarios and dangers from the safety of the training environment. We’ve created a virtual reality solution to replace the legacy police training simulators, and experienced law enforcement officers and police agencies actively assist, guide, and lead its development. Our goal is to offer the best training simulator solution to create highly trained officers. We want training that helps them get home at the end of every shift.