Aurora Police Department

Case Study

System Installed

Apex Officer X2

Agency Type

The Challenge

Aurora Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for providing policing and public safety services to the over 180,542 residents living and working in the greater Aurora metropolitan area. As the second-most populous city in Illinois, the city of Aurora and Aurora Police Department were looking for a better training tool for de-escalation and use of force training.

The Solution

Aurora Police Department conducted extensive research on various use of force and de-escalation training simulators. However, none of them were able to match Apex Officer's VR training simulator. Aurora Police Department ultimately chose to include Apex Officer's training simulator as a key component of their use of force and de-escalation training program. Aurora Police Department is leading the way in progressive police training in the state of Illinois.

The Results

Aurora Police Department began utilizing their Apex Officer VR training system in the summer of 2021 and the results are already showing. CBS National News recently visited Aurora Police Department to check out their new Apex Officer training simulator. In a segment titled, how virtual reality is helping police learn how to make life-or-death encounters less dangerous, CBS News correspondent, Kris Van Cleave, tried out the VR training and learned more about the new tools and virtual reality training are helping some police officers learn how to de-escalate dangerous situations.