Juneau Police Department

Case Study

System Installed

Apex Officer X2

Agency Type

The Challenge

The Juneau Police Department (JPD) serves a population of over 30,000 residents and the second largest city in the United States by area. With the national focus on de-escalation training and improving police training, the Juneau Police Department saw an opportunity to better prepare its officers with training equipment designed to improve decision making in high-pressure situations.

The Solution

After significant research on the various training simulators and training options, the Juneau Police Department chose to include the Apex Officer de-escalation and virtual reality training simulator as a major component of its training program. Juneau Police Department is leading the way in progressive police training policies in the state of Alaska.

Detective Patrick Taylor picks up controllers representing his sidearm and police utility items during VR training simulation on March 17, 2021 | Source: Juneau Empire

The Results

“Apex Officer is another way to put officers through a variety of scenarios from high intensity to low level to react to the scenarios in a way we want them to,” said Lt. Krag Campbell. “It’s not always shoot/don’t shoot training. Sometimes it’s helping an old lady to cross a street. It’s a tool that allows us to quickly and efficiently do that with manpower and staffing concerns.”

Sgt. Sterling Salisbury controls a virtual scenario involving an agitated subject in VR Wednesday as Detective Patrick Taylor practices de-escalation techniques. | Source: Juneau Empire