The conversation that everyone is having regarding police training in 2020 is a matter of semantics. In an election year, there is a good chance the semantics vary along party lines. However, there’s good news– everyone is essentially saying the same thing in their way, yet remains misunderstood by someone else saying the same in another way. The basis of the conversation is about police training and how the public is calling for more training, more tools, and more resources to make policing safer. Agreed, it does not always sound that way, but that seems to be the conversation.
Obviously, as a police training company, we have some thoughts about the current conversation. We designed SURVIVR purposefully to give agencies the freedom and latitude to train their standards of patrol as these tend to vary from agency to agency to a minimal degree. Our goal was to make SURVIVR universally applicable, which we did with the advancements through virtual reality. The system does not have a curriculum. The agencies train their officers in the way they choose.
In the conversation, the largest talking point seems to revolve around de-escalation. SURVIVR is the clear choice for de-escalation training within a simulator. In designing the system and the scenarios therein, we paid particular attention to the various directions any circumstance could go based on the officer’s actions. As a result, there are nearly endless enumerations of outcomes and ways a training session can go within the simulator. Why? SURVIVR wanted to design beyond a use of force simulator to include de-escalation training. Most officers already know, on most calls, words are better than force. However, we have to train officers in this practice starting as early as the academy and continually reinforce this methodology.
SURVIVR invites you to check out our simulator and explore how your agency can incorporate it into your training programs.