Why Apex Officer's Virtual reality Simulator are the most effective police training method

Why Current Training Programs and Simulators Often Fail

Despite the fact that numerous training systems and acronyms have arisen to provide police officers, sheriffs deputies, and law enforcement agencies with a framework for handling these responses, there are often gaps that leave these same systems vulnerable to failure.

Lack of Flexibility

A common criticism of training programs is that they are often too inflexible and rigid in their approach. Law enforcement professionals need to focus on scenario-based training that explicitly educates trainees on how to react when deviating from the plan becomes necessary. This would allow instructors and students to be flexible in their approach instead of being locked into “options-based” approaches.

Lack of Consistent Training on Policies and Procedures

While some law enforcement agencies continually receive training that allows them to effectively respond to active shooter situations, smaller agencies are not receiving this same level of education. This creates a lack of uniform understanding between both parties, leading to unnecessary confusion and a less effective emergency response. In order to alleviate this issue, training should be standardized to ensure that all affected parties are on the same page, while following the same framework. This will reduce casualties (if any), while allowing for law enforcement to apprehend the shooter much faster.

Why Apex Officer's VR Training Simulator Is The most effective Police Training method

A 2013 paper published in PLOS Current Disasters provides a strong rationale for why virtual reality (VR) is a superior option for reality-based disaster preparedness and response training. Many of advantages offered by VR technology are especially relevant to active shooter situations:

Psychological Stimulation

One of the major drawbacks with traditional training programs is that they are lacking the psychological element associated with shooter situations. Not only are participants experiencing high levels of stress, but there is an element of danger that can significantly hinder one’s ability to make poor decisions.

Additionally, even with practiced responses, one’s state of mind during an unfamiliar emergency situation can lead to the “degradation of even routinely practiced skills”.

Real-Time Interaction

Due to the immersive nature of VR, participants can experience an event that is far closer to the “real thing”. They will have to deal with the loud noises and visual distractions while interacting with their environment. There will be large crowds of people chaotically moving around within the school building, which inevitably has to be dealt with in some fashion.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to rewind and replay several smaller scenarios within an overall active shooter response. Schools will be able to work through scenarios alongside students at an appropriate pace that allows for full familiarity with each and every part of the response. This also provides participants with the ability to practice the appropriate steps to take when unexpected events occur.

Finally, VR’s interactive nature allows for audio and text-based communication between teachers, students and law enforcement officials. Having this feature available will result in effective dialogue and a more efficient emergency response overall.

Customization

Last but certainly not least, VR-based active shooter training programs can be individualized for a particular organization’s layout. One major barrier in developing one-size-fits-all response programs is that schools are fundamentally different when it comes to their architectural design.

Thanks to advances in 3D modelling, alongside VR developments, school faculty and staff will be able to develop and refine an active shooter response within the confines of their own building. This reduces confusion during the actual event and eliminates the “need” to remember where one is supposed to go (or what to do, for that matter). Coupled with other technologies such as mobile panic button apps, this can truly expedite emergency response.

The origins

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Where it started

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To Mars and beyond

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