Countryside Police Department

Case Study

System Installed

Apex Officer X2

Agency Type

The Challenge

The Countryside Police Department is a law enforcement agency located in Countryside, Illinois. Countryside Police Officers serve a community of over 6,500 residents. The Countryside Police Department is a professional, values-based organization where community-oriented policing is a way of life. Countryside Police Officers participate in a variety of training throughout the year and were looking for a better way to train and prepare their officers.

The Solution

After extensive review and research on training simulators, Countryside Police Officers chose the Apex Officer VR training simulator as a key component of their training program. The use of a de-escalation training simulator has been shown to be effective in helping police officers learn how to deal with situations that may lead to an altercation. The Apex Officer virtual reality de-escalation training simulator allows officers to practice different scenarios, including those involving mental illness or domestic violence.

Countryside Police Officer Participating in an Apex Officer VR training scenario.
Countryside Police Officer Participating in an Apex Officer VR training scenario.

The Results

The Apex Officer VR training simulator has been well received by the officers at the Countryside Police Department who have found it to be a valuable addition to their training. Countryside Officers say the scenarios are much more realistic than they expected. By using Apex Officer's VR training platform, CPD is able to give its officers the opportunity to experience these types of scenarios without risking harm to themselves or others. In a recent release from Countryside Police Department, "The emphasis of the training is on de-escalation tactics and the proper use of force. The training course each officer goes through is fully certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board (ILETSB) to assist us in meeting the mandatory training mandates set forth by ILETSB for scenario based, role playing training on de-escalation and the use of force."