Since 1995, we've advocated for virtual reality and digital media solutions that improve communication and knowledge transfer from simulation based learning and safety training, to the creation of interactive 3D sales and marketing materials, to engaging education applications that provide realistic experiences anytime, anywhere. Growing up in a family of police officers, our founders experienced first hand the problems that police officers face everyday. After spending a career building and operating various virtual reality companies, the GOVRED team knew that they needed to build something that prepares police officers for the various situations that they will encounter on a daily basis. APEX Officer, a virtual reality training platform for law enforcement agencies, was developed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa by GOVRED Technology, Inc., a computer hardware and software company specializing in virtual reality technology. The GOVRED team created APEX Officer with the mission to use 21st century technology to solve longstanding problems with policing and public safety.VIEW PORTFOLIO
Law enforcement training is outdated, ineffective, and doesn’t fit with the officers’ preferred learning styles. Most police officers prefer a kinesthetic-tactile learning style. They are natural doers. They learn best when they are physically active and able to learn by doing something. Current training methods can be broken down into two different categories: lecture or video simulation. In the lecture method, police officers are forced to sit in a small classroom and listen to an instructor regurgitate 30 hours of content into a two-day training session. After the second hour, the police officers start zoning out. The content is dry and the officers end up getting bored throughout the presentation. The police officers only retain about 20% of this information. In the video simulation method, police officers train using a projector based, scenario simulator. This system is large, bulky, expensive, and a pain to setup and use. The officer stands in front of the projector screen and is required to react to the scenario in front of a group of their peers while an instructor guides them through the scenario. The content is prerecorded with the same scenario and outcome every single time. As the scenario unfolds, the police officers are required to react to the simulation just like they would in the real world. However, the scenarios don’t change. Every time they use this simulator the scene and scenario are the same. Before the scenario begins, the police officers already know what’s going to happen because they’ve seen it before. They know when the suspect is going to come around the corner, so they end up exploiting the system and not actually learning from the scenario.OUR SOLUTIONS
In a charged political climate, law enforcement training must go beyond sharpening reflexes, developing muscle memory, and keeping skills fresh. Law enforcement officers need to hone a complete set of decision-making tools. Instructors increasingly report that they don’t just want to prepare officers for the physical facts of using force; they need to prepare officers for the emotional realities of real-life use-of-force situations. APEX Officer enables officers to train for the most difficult real-world situations, including ambushes, active shooters, and terrorist attacks; meanwhile, maintaining full situational awareness during extreme stress. Our top-of-the-line, 360-degree fully-immersive virtual reality training simulator provides police officers with training focused on communication skills, de-escalation, crisis intervention, use of force, taser, and more. All training scenarios are available for simulation using standard-issue weapons and equipment. APEX Officer goes to great lengths to ensure our training content is superior in quality, realism, immersion, and relevance. The APEX team works closely with our law enforcement clients to ensure our training content is accurate, superior, and replicates real world situations. Our simulators are designed to provide an immersive experience for the police officers that improves their skills and familiarizes them with a wide range of incidents that they will encounter on a regular basis. Unlike our competitors, we’re using truly immersive virtual reality technology.GET IN TOUCH
APEX Officer’s Use of Force simulator trains and familiarizes the officer on the amount of force necessary to mitigate an incident, make an arrest, or protect themselves or others from harm. No two situations are the same, nor are any two officers. In a potentially threatening situation, an officer will quickly tailor a response and apply force, if necessary. Situational awareness is essential, and officers are trained to judge when a crisis requires the use of force to regain control of a situation. In most cases, time becomes the key variable in determining when an officer chooses to use force.
Every day, police officers throughout the country encounter people with mental illness. Officers must stabilize volatile situations, build quick rapport with troubled people, make what amounts to a rapid psychiatric assessment and keep the surrounding public safe. It's a tall order. APEX Officer's crisis intervention training simulations help train police officers on how to safely help someone in a mental health crisis.
Successfully de-escalating a situation is the result of a combination of communication, empathy, instinct, and sound officer safety tactics. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible. APEX Officer’s de-escalation training program includes ways to improve communication skills, discussion of how to assess a subject's situation, how to know when you need backup, and proven officer safety tactics.
"We haven't had good luck with training simulators in the past, but we're going to give APEX Officer a shot."
M. Kelly, Police Chief
“After using the FATS system, I've always been skeptical of training simulators. However, after demoing the APEX Officer system, I'm sold. VR is the future of law enforcement training."
H. Johnson, Police Chief
“Before APEX Officer, our officers hated training. Now, our officers want to train everyday."
J. Burr, Police Chief
From educational experiences to research and development for the government, GOVRED's expertise continues to provide value to everyone we work with.
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