The focus of Axon’s training provides law enforcement safe environments to work their way through complex situations and scenarios with a goal of reaching “mutually beneficial outcomes” for everyone involved. What sets their training apart from others are the use of actual standard issue police gear with the virtual training. Bringing real gear into the simulation further engrains both location and position of lethal vs non-lethal weapons, ideally resulting in less accidental fatalities.
Street Smarts VR
Utilizing live actors, physical weapons tracking and full body tracking within realistic VR scenarios makes Street Smarts VR stand out from others we're featuring. Built for training everyone from first responders to active military personnel this platform looks to have a significant amount of immersive elements, bringing your wholly into their effective de-escalation in high stress situations training.
WRAP Reality™ | Virtual Reality Law Enforcement Training
Wrap ($WRAP on the New York Stock Exchange) made headlines in 2019 for its non-lethal restrains being used to save the life of a person in crisis. Their virtual training offering looks designed to be implemented and run by police organizations as opposed to their instructors. Their approach loos very enterprise and designed to allow officers to review every aspect of the scenario from where they aimed their tracked weapon through to the phrasing they used in the simulation.
Apex Officer - Virtual Reality Police Training Simulator
Apex Officer is an interesting virtual training platform that is already being adopted by law enforcement agencies in several states (Texas, California, Florida, and a few others). The momentum behind their adoption aside, their offering seems very polished and meant to expose important metrics of the participant's performance. Check out their long list of case studies that they apply to future training and their platform.
InVeris Training Solutions
Live fire training is an essential part of both military and law enforcement training, asking for a demonstration using the actual weapon they will carry out in the field. The stress of deciding appropriate times to actually fire the weapon can be drilled and simulated using InVeris’ training platform. Not all of their training relies on VR headsets, though. Some scenarios challenge the senses to observe and respond in projected environments requiring hearing and peripheral vision to proper determine the correct course of action.
Last week Facebook held their annual Facebook Connect event where they made the announcement that they were rebranding, and will not be called Meta. The commitment and investiments Meta (the company formerly know as Facebook) have already helped bring millions of users into VR and we’ll probably also see the same for AR in the coming years. If you couldn’t catch it the livestream is up on YouTube. But if you don’t have 90 minutes to watch Auganix did a great recap of what Meta is doing moving forward.
In this week’s newsletter we want to highlight how VR is being used in the training of law enforcement, and hopefully raise awareness of potentially more effective training available today. Every industry places an importance on training, and those that work in law enforcement have a weighty duty to uphold and enforce the law. Making use of research into the benefits of VR training on retention and memory and emotional connection makes sense in training law enforcement. The need to make split second decisions truly means there is not much time to think, and the reaction to a situation should be engrained into them as both first and second nature.
If you have someone close to you that is in law enforcement perhaps this is the issue to share with them?
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