Integrating a Law Enforcement Training Simulator into the Academy

SURVIVR’s Rob Griffin demonstrating the virtual reality law enforcement training simulator.

The training academy staff maintain a great deal of responsibility for keeping the community safe, although they may not have been on the front lines in several years. They juggle state-mandated requirements, command staff pressures, scrutiny from fellow officers, all the while training the next generation of law enforcement officers. Virtual reality (VR) may be a great teaching tool. Still, it can also seem like one more thing the academy has to juggle to integrate a VR law enforcement training simulator into training successfully. Hopefully, this guide can make it easier to use innovative technology in the training academy.

Is the law enforcement training simulator easy to use?

First and foremost, the way to ensure the department is purchasing a helpful teaching tool and not another headache is to verify the system is intuitive and easy to use. The individual or group responsible for this purchasing decision should check the system is easy to set up, launch, control, and maintain. Systems like SURVIVR’s law enforcement training simulator are straightforward to set up and, if desired, can be portable. To run the system requires little to no training because it’s intuitive. Ask to see a demo, but observe what the demonstrators are doing to set up and run the demo, not just what training opportunities lie inside the virtual environment. 

How does this fit into our curriculum? 

Classroom hours, defensive tactics, reality-based training (RBT), gun range, driving, and physical fitness are a lot to fit into an academy’s training timeline. Recruits need to learn, retain, and demonstrate many skills before graduating from the academy. The VR law enforcement training simulator is a great way to bring many of these practice areas together. It’s the marriage between combining laws with procedures, de-escalation with use of force, tactics like cutting the pie, or staying out of the fatal funnel with situational awareness. It’s another avenue for practice and repetitions to create teachable moments and muscle memory. 

Do police training simulators increase officer safety?

In short, absolutely. The same training and best practices taught in the academy can be practiced within the VR law enforcement training simulator. More importantly, the simulator exposes trainees to scenarios of increasing complexity, which helps with making life or death decisions in fractions of a second. The chief priority is building safe habits among trainees in the academy to create safe officers on the street. 

To learn more about SURVIVR’s VR training simulator, request more info or a demo here.

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