Virtual Reality Brings Increased Situational Awareness To Law Enforcement Training

Outside military combat, law enforcement personnel are faced with these types of situations more often than any other profession. The high-risk low-incidence situations they face regularly, where split-second decisions must be made in a stressful environment, are arguably the hardest to train for.

Resolving an active shooter situation or breaching the room where a suspect is holding hostages at gunpoint requires a high degree of expertise, timing, and teamwork.

Understanding the correct way to approach a mentally impaired suspect is also vitally important in order to assure a positive outcome.

Without proper training in tactics, techniques and procedures, aka TT&P, complex situations could go badly for everyone involved.

While hands-on training can be the most effective, budgets for many police organizations are often stretched to the limit, especially in smaller, rural departments. In the past, law enforcement agencies have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on virtual reality (VR) simulators that were expensive to use and maintain, and restricted training exercises to a single location, necessitating burdensome travel expenses.

360immersive is a key player in the development of a new wave of VR real-world training that can be used by any number of trainees any place and any time, simply by downloading a VR app from a secured distribution source to a current mobile phone and using a low-cost VR headset to view it. This new technology reduces the costs and hours required to gain muscle memory for the situational awareness that will then be cemented through a live training exercise, giving law enforcement officers the confidence they need to do their jobs properly.

VR training is fast becoming the new standard for supplemental training for first responders, and 360immersive is one of only a handful of companies in the U.S. with professional expertise in this cutting edge technology. Trainees experience the sensation of being present in the instructional environment; able to see and hear everything around them. What’s more, this increased level of connectivity results in increased engagement and higher lesson retention than traditional training methods. And best of all, they can re-visit all or part of these courses any time they want, at no additional cost.