Differences in Police Training Simulators

 

Colleyville police officer trains with an AR-15 inside a simulator environment.

There are many police training simulators on the market today, but they are not all created equal. Understanding how the features meet the requirements of your agency to train proficiently is vital. 

Video-Based vs. Virtual Reality-Based Police Training Simulators

Simulators began in the late 1980s and early 1990s as video-based, meaning a video would play on monitors or projected screens, and the officer in training would have to make a shoot or don’t shoot decision. While video resolution over the years has advanced, little about the video-based simulators have changed. Video-based companies like Milo and VirTra still own a large share of the market today, however, new technology may give rise to other simulators.

Virtual Reality-Based simulators like SURVIVR immerse the training officer into a virtual world and every platform scenario how thousands of different combinations, possibilities, or outcomes. The use of virtual reality much more closely mirrors real life and not the shoot/don’t style training from older, video-based technology.

Dynamic

Police often use the term “dynamic situation” to refer to an incident that is quickly changing or unfolding. Dynamic in regards to technology essentially means the same, but also means that the technology is interactive or responsive. The scenarios in SURVIVR’s police training simulator are, in fact, dynamic in both senses of the word. Every scenario is highly dynamic, meaning it is interactive, responsive, and rapidly changing and unfolding. Even some of the virtual reality police training simulators are not dynamic because they cannot be modified after the scenario begins. Furthermore, SURVIVR has been regarded as the most innovative and effective police training simulator to date by members of the United States Air Force Security Forces.  

Supports Multiple Users

Often more than one officer is required to respond to the same call, but can the simulator your department or agency is considering purchasing support multiple users? If the answer is no, you’ll likely want to keep shopping. SURVIVR supports multiple users and offers the ability to acquire users in packages all at once or to add more users at a later date if necessary. In SURVIVR’s system, all trainees can see one another’s avatar in the virtual environment, which allows them to see one another’s location and their action. 

For example, in responding to a major disturbance at an apartment, officers will need to separate the complainant from the suspect and question them both separately. However, the officers must position themselves to where they can see one another at all times. The practice is common in the field, but it is trained in the academy, and a good simulator will allow instructors to teach that in a virtual environment. 

Simulators are large multi-year purchases, and we want to provide you with all of the necessary information to purchase the best one for your agency. If you have any questions about SURVIVR or general questions about simulators, feel free to contact us here.

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