Oshkosh Police Department

Case Study

System Installed

Apex Officer X2

Agency Type

The Challenge

The Oshkosh Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency responsible for providing policing and public safety services to the over 67,000 residents living and working in the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Oshkosh is the ninth largest city in Wisconsin. The Oshkosh Police Department is a full service Law Enforcement Agency, which employees 100 Police Officers, a Support Staff of 39 full and part-time Civilian Employees, and 18 School Crossing Guards. Oshkosh Police Department is Nationally Accredited (CALEA) and State Accredited (WILEAG), and is regarded by many as one of the leading Law Enforcement Agencies in the State of Wisconsin. As the primary law enforcement agency within this community, Oshkosh PD was looking for a better way to train and prepare their officers for real-life de-escalation and use of force incidents. After receiving funding from a private donor, Oshkosh PD was ready to make the jump and acquire a new training simulator.

The Solution

The Oshkosh PD tested and evaluated various law enforcement training simulators available, but none of the systems provided the training experience they were looking for. After significant research on the various options, the Oshkosh Police Department chose to include the Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator as a major component of its training program.

The Results

Oshkosh Police Department sets the standard in Law Enforcement and Corrections training through Leadership, Innovation, and a Commitment to Excellence. This goal is achieved through nationally recognized instructors and training courses. The Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator is being used with the intent to improve their officers ability to generate voluntary compliance, utilize the tools of interpersonal and strategic communication, identify use of force options, reinforce de-escalation, leadership skills and critical decision making.

Thank you to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation donors who bought this great tool for the Oshkosh Police Department and thank you to NBC26 for covering this story!