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"If you can imagine a law enforcement training simulator that is both futuristic and realistic, making it the closest a police officer can be to actually being out on patrol answering to a call, that is the Apex Officer, a new system being used by Los Alamos Police Department."
by Maire O'Neill from Los Alamos Reporter on May 30, 2021
"New technology is helping FMPD officers work under pressure and preparing them for the worst. The new virtual reality training simulator by Apex Officer lets them do that. "The training is about as real as officers can get without actually experiencing it on the street."
by Dannielle Garcia from Wink News on 5/27/2021
"The Fort Myers Police Department gave ABC7 an inside look at their new state-of-the-art training tool for officers: virtual reality simulations. “They really get to develop de-escalation skills, de-escalation techniques,” said Lt. Pate. “It’s actually gaining someone’s trust. It’s actually taking the time to let them settle.”
by Gage Goulding from NBC 2 on May 27, 2021
"Police training at LAPD is taking a step into the future. Computer training simulations are not new, but virtual reality adds a 3-D element. Virtual suspects can even speak through an operator in another room. The different interactions, situations, and outcomes are endless, and cover things like use of force and de-escalation."
by Paulina Tucker from Police Tech News on 5/26/2021
"With police departments around the country under scrutiny for their use of force, one small New Mexico department is trying something different to stay out of the spotlight. They’re using virtual reality to train their officers."
by Brady Wakayama on May 25, 2021.
"Police training in Los Alamos is taking a step into the future. The Los Alamos Police Department implemented Apex Officer virtual reality technology to train officers in a whole new way.
"The Los Alamos Police Department (LAPD) hosted a virtual reality training session for the media on May 24, 2021 in the police station on Trinity Drive. The Apex Officer training helps officers learn techniques to de-escalate encounters and situations that could otherwise escalate and turn dangerous, even deadly."
by Carol A. Clark from LA Daily Post on May 24, 2021.
"A California department is using the simulations in its police training program. Training officers to attempt to de-escalate high-stress situations before resorting to deadly force could help prevent unnecessary killings in the future, and one of the most effective ways to impart this police training may be to reenact real-world scenarios."
by Kristin Houser from Free Think on May 5, 2021
"Juneau Police Department recently adopted a virtual reality-based training program allowing officers to practice de-escalation without the need for additional personnel and making it the largest part of a recent annual training block."
by Michael Lockett from Juneau Empire on March 18, 2021.
"An exciting opportunity recently came to the Wellington City Police Department in the form of virtual reality equipment. This equipment is state of the art. It puts the officer in real life situations and tells them to respond. You can watch the monitor and see exactly what the officer is seeing."
by Traci Bishop on March 14, 2021.
"The Moore Police Department has taken de-escalation training to a new level. Instead of only learning communication skills on the streets, officers can practice in virtual reality. Previous training simulators were on a two-dimensional screen and had only a few predetermined outcomes. The training is now an immersive experience."
by News 9 on March 5, 2021.
"The Moore Police Department is stepping up its training using a virtual reality system developed by Apex Officer. They say they’re the only police department in the state using such high-tech training. “With this new equipment, officers can now train or practice virtually any situation,” Moore police Lt. Kyle Hill said."
by KOCO News 5 on February 27, 2021.
"Officers are fitted with a VR headset, headphones, motion backpack, and belt with a prop gun and taser. They're then immersed in a simulated environment, which places officers in unique scenarios which could range from a normal traffic stop, to a standoff with an armed suspect. Apex Officer engages officers with an immersive, multisensory training experience, allowing them to think through situations they might encounter in the field."
by Police Tech News on February 19, 2021
"The Moore Police Department became the first and only Oklahoma Agency to acquire a virtual reality system for training. The department said that the technology developed by Apex Officer will give them "limitless adaptability in scenarios, environments, and behaviors. As technology advances, MPD is staying on the cutting edge of use-of-force simulators."
by FOX 25 on February 19, 2021
"The Rochester Police Department is using high-tech tools to give officers tailor-made training on how to best respond to calls. That Apex Officer virtual reality simulator engages officers with an immersive, multisensory training experience, allowing them to think through situations they might encounter in the field."
by KIMT News 3 on February 18, 2021
"With the national focus on de-escalation and improving use of force training, law enforcement agencies across the state of Georgia and Apex Officer saw an opportunity to better prepare Georgia law enforcement officers with training equipment designed to improve decision making in high-pressure situations. After significant research on the various training options, Georgia police departments are choosing to include the Apex Officer judgmental use of force simulator as a significant component of their training program."
by Alex Oliver on February 3rd, 2021
"After significant research on the various training options, the Cincinnati Police Academy chose to include the Apex Officer judgmental use of force simulator as a significant component of its training program. With the help of a generous donation by the Cincinnati Blue Line Foundation and Hatton Foundation, Cincinnati Police Academy is leading the way in progressive police training methods in the state of Ohio."
by Police Tech News on January 25, 2021
"The Apex Officer virtual reality simulator effectively allows officers to virtually train for thousands of potentially threatening situations in a safe and controlled environment that is not often provided to police agencies due to a lack of funding and unrealistic reenactment abilities. All things considered, Apex Officer has significantly set the standards of what is possible for law enforcement and corrections training and what is expected of these enforcement personnel when they are in uniform moving forward."
by Larry Smith on January 4, 2021
"With Apex Officer’s virtual reality correctional officer training simulator, corrections officers, detention deputies, and law enforcement agencies can prepare for thousands of different correctional facility incidents, in a safe, immersive, and controlled environment."
by Jasmine Taylor on December 7, 2020
"Victoria police department will soon provide a new way for officers to train for real-life scenarios with the help of virtual reality. With the help of a generous donation by the Victoria 100 Club, the Victoria Police Department will have a new and improved way to train their officers: Apex Officer's virtual reality police training simulator."
by Chase Rogers on November 26, 2020
"Kodiak (Alaska) Police Department utilizes Apex Officer's virtual reality training system to train officers for de-escalation, use of force and crisis intervention scenarios. After significant research on the various options, the Kodiak Police Department chose to include the Apex Officer judgmental use of force simulator as a major component of its training program. Kodiak Police Department is leading the way in progressive police training policies in the state of Alaska."
by Larry Smith on November 4, 2020
"Apex Officer Drive is the logical answer for instructing and teaching first responders the necessary skills to operate an emergency vehicle safely. All of Apex Officer's EVOC and police driving simulators are designed to enhance vehicle safety operations by emphasizing theory and principles of defensive driving in both emergency and non-emergency situations."
by Larry Smith on October 23, 2020
"As the variety and type of threats to law enforcement and citizens alike continue to grow, many police departments are looking towards innovative technology to better train their law enforcement personnel in a safe and cost-effective manner. Unlike competing judgmental use of force simulators, Apex Officer provides a truly immersive, fully integrated, and real experience,” said Dittmer. In order to achieve that goal, an extensive and immersive solution was required—that’s where Apex Officer comes in."
by Jasmine Taylor on October 13, 2020
"Apex Officer, the leading provider of training simulators for law enforcement, military, and first responders has announced that Stebbins High School Criminal Justice Program has installed the Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator. The Stebbins High School Criminal Justice Program chose to include the Apex Officer X2 Pro Training simulator as a major component of its program for criminal justice students. This will allow students to set a foundation of positive community policing, de-escalation, use of force, and implicit bias skills before beginning their law enforcement careers."
by Carey Rhodes on October 13, 2020
"The Apex Officer of the Week award was created to recognize officers that have worked endlessly to keep our communities safe and have exceeded duty requirements. Every week, the Apex Officer team gives its Apex Officer of the Week award to a well-rounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement."
"With Apex Officer’s virtual reality police training simulator, police and law enforcement agencies can address the use of force and implicit bias issues facing New York law enforcement departments by preparing officers in thousands of diverse simulated training scenarios in a safe, immersive, and controlled environment. Apex Officer built a VR police training simulator tailored to Executive Order 203: New York State Police and Reinvention Collaborative."
by Jasmine Taylor on October 6, 2020
"This past summer, the Las Vegas Plug team surveyed nearly 1,000 current and former interns from more than 100 internship programs in Las Vegas and these internships are the Best Internships in Las Vegas. If you're looking to give back to your community and work with a team of people dedicated to keeping our communities safe and secure, a paid internship at Apex Officer is a perfect opportunity for you."
by Lacey Vega on September 4th 2020
"When it comes to the many hazards of law enforcement, proper training is essential. That’s why officers need a training environment that allows them to learn from every single action they take—especially incorrect ones. Read the case study to find out how Lodi PD utilized Apex Officer's VR solution to create timely scenarios and conduct extensive training within a small window."
by Vive Enterprise on September 3rd 2020
"What makes people love where they work? Or are employees looking for a meaningful work experience, a welcoming culture and more substantive perks, such as generous medical benefits, the option to work remotely and a clear path to career growth and advancement? According to the employees surveyed for our annual Best Places to Work in Las Vegas awards, the answer is: yes. Apex Officer ranks among the top five places to work in Las Vegas.
by Las Vegas Plug on July 14 2020
"While some are calling to defund police departments altogether, others are wondering how we can educate officers to respond differently. Sergeant Kevin Connolly with the Barnstable Police Department has been an officer for 23 years. He says the Apex Officer virtual reality training platform is a game-changer for police and law enforcement training."
"While some are calling to defund police departments altogether, others are wondering how we can educate officers to respond differently. The Barnstable police department partnered with Apex Officer, a virtual reality training platform, back in January. A member of our team spoke to officers who took the training and they said it is a huge improvement over old systems that they knew by heart."
by: Ariane Datil from WUSA9 on 6/16/2020
"Sergeant Kevin Connolly with the Barnstable Police Department has been an officer for 23 years. He says the Apex Officer virtual reality training platform is a game changer. We can run through car stops, firing range, active shooters in buildings, active shooters in schools," Connolly said. "They now have courtrooms, they have military bases. They have all sorts of environments that you can put people in."
by WUSA9 News on 6/16/2020
"Immersed in a world of virtual reality, what appears to be a video game, is actually the newest form of police training. Barnstable Police Department is running its officers through a new simulation experience, developed by a company called Apex Officer. Barnstable Police transform their empty training room in a world of virtual reality, transporting officers to countless scenarios they’d encounter while on the road. The situations range from traffic stops, to domestics to active school shootings."
By: Nicole Oliverio from Boston 25 News on 3/11/2020
"Apex Officer, the leading provider of training simulators for law enforcement, military, and first responders. Has announced today that SEAtech in Walla Walla, Washington has installed the Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator. SEATech's Criminal Justice course allows students to navigate the criminal justice system and explore this growing employment field. With the national focus on the use of force and police training, the SEATech Criminal Justice Program saw an opportunity to implement actual law enforcement training and prepare future officers. The Apex Officer training simulator assists to improve a law enforcement officer's decision making in high-pressure situations."
by Releasewire on 3/10/2020
"The software Nelson uses, called Apex Officer, lets officers remake the past with an eye toward analyzing inflection points and de-escalation. “VR lets us see what the officers at the scene see and work through it together,” Lt. Steve Nelson says.
by Zara Stone on 2/5/2020
"How does a police officer get real world training to keep instincts sharp and learn the multitude of scenarios they may encounter on any given day? In 2020 at Barnstable Police Department, virtual reality is the tool of choice, to keep the public and themselves safe. Channel 18 had an inside look at the new Apex Officer application and learned how Barnstable officers will use this training."
by Barnstable Channel 18 on 1/31/2020
"Apex Officer provides access to hundreds of thousands of training simulations designed to optimize and improve decision making under extreme stress situations. Using the Apex Officer training simulator, police officers can quickly rack up thousands of repetitions in a safe, controlled, and realistic training environment."
Apex Officer will showcase their new VR training technology for police, law enforcement, and military training at NSSF Shot Show January 21st through 24th in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas-based company will host free training simulations at their Las Vegas-based headquarters and training facilities where guests can experience the platform's SWAT, active shooter and use of force training scenarios in immersive virtual reality.
"With as many booth aisles and technological avenues that the International Association for Chiefs of Police (IACP) can cover it’s inconceivable to cover it all. On the floor, Apex Officer had live demos where attendees were invited to jump into the virtual reality experience. Their system utilizes a VR headset system, and Apex Officer'’s system includes a backpack on the user for haptic feedback."
"Apex Officer , announced today that it will showcase three innovative new technologies related to virtual reality and police training simulations from Sunday October 27th through Tuesday October 29th at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 126th Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago. The Las Vegas based company will host free virtual reality training simulations at their expo hall booth (Booth #4956) where guests can experience Apex Officer’s de-escalation and use of force training scenarios in virtual reality."
"As fatalities in mass public shootings have surged in recent years, active shooter situations are impacting communities all over the country. Active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. Apex Officer aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" training approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help students, faculty, employees, first responders and more prepare for and respond to an active shooter threat."
"Apex Officer of the Week was created to thank police and law enforcement officers across the country for all the daily sacrifices they make for their communities. The Apex Officer of the Week award recognizes outstanding achievement in law enforcement and honors the heroes who work tirelessly every day to make communities around the world safer."
"Apex Officer is a full-featured training system for the police and military that shrinks an immersive experience that once required entire rooms full of screens and equipment into a small VR headset. Given it’s compact size and ease of use, customers of Apex Officer tend to train real-world scenarios far more often than traditional training simulators."
"With the Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator, Concord police officers can train for de-escalation, use of force, and crisis intervention scenarios in an immersive virtual environment. This represents the second significant sale of virtual reality training simulators by California law enforcement agencies and sets the stage for a revolution in active shooter and use of force training, using the total immersion of virtual reality technology for de-escalation training."
"After significant research on the various options, the Concord Police Department chose to include the Apex Officer virtual reality judgmental use of force and de-escalation training simulator as a major component of its training program. Concord is the largest city in Contra Costa County, California and 8th largest city in the San Francisco Bay Area. Concord Police Department serves a population of over 122,067 residents."
"Apex Officer announced today that the United States Air Force 628th Security Forces Squadron has installed two Apex Officer virtual reality military training simulators. This represents the first significant sale for virtual reality force option training simulators by the Air Force Security Force Squadron and sets the stage for a revolution in active shooter and use of force training, using the total immersion of virtual reality technology for firearms and de-escalation training."
"Apex Officer’s team has spent years working with their early military customers and partners to ensure their training content is superior in quality, realism, immersion, and relevance. Apex Officer also employs a number of subject matter experts that helped guide the development of their military and combat training system and scenarios."
Virtual reality training for law enforcement simulators have become very attractive to some agencies., from Monmouth, New Jersey, to Lodi, California. One company, Apex Officer, has VR simulator training modules designed for de-escalation, crisis intervention, active shooter, domestic violence, and more. A study on these type of training modules is currently in progress, as well.
"Apex Officer is providing employers and employees with the opportunity to experience the newest technological revelation in training: virtual reality. Businesses are taking advantage of virtual reality technology such as Apex Officer’s VR Active Shooter Preparedness program to prepare their employees for thousands of different active shooter situations in both a safe and controlled environment."
"Apex Officer’s virtual reality crisis intervention training platform is a game-changer for training technology and is transforming the face of law enforcement training for the better. With Apex Officer’s virtual reality CIT training simulator, police officers and law enforcement agencies can prepare for thousands of different crisis intervention scenarios in a safe, immersive, and controlled environment."
"The Apex Officer virtual reality simulator system allows for an infinite amount of training scenarios that can be created through Apex. Almost every Lodi Police Officer, Dispatcher, and several non-sworn employees have had the opportunity to use the simulator. Some examples of the VR training modules available in the Apex Officer simulator include de-escalation training, use of force training, crisis intervention training and active shooter training."
"The Lodi Police Department shared its new Apex Officer Virtual Reality Police Training Simulator system at a Lodi City Council shirtsleeve meeting on Tuesday morning. “This system is used to train new officers who have just graduated from the academy, understand how to de-escalate a situation, and trust their judgment,” Lt. Steven Nelson said."
"Apex Officer will host free training simulations at their Las Vegas-based headquarters and training facilities where guests can experience the platform's de-escalation, active shooter and use of force training scenarios in immersive virtual reality. Apex Officer provides access to hundreds of thousands of training simulations designed to optimize and improve decision making under extreme stress situations."
"Apex Officer, an international provider of virtual reality training simulators for the law enforcement, military, first responder, commercial and educational markets, officially launched their virtual reality use of force training simulator for police and law enforcement training. As the variety and type of threats to law enforcement and citizens alike continue to grow, many police departments are looking towards innovative technology to better train their law enforcement personnel in a safe and cost-effective manner. Apex Officer's Use of Force Simulator solves this problem."
"By visiting Apex Officer's training facilities, guests at CES 2019 will have the opportunity to experience the newest technological revelation in training: virtual reality. Police officers and law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of virtual reality technology such as Apex Officer so that police officers can accumulate thousands of training simulations in both a safe and controlled environment."
"Apex Officer allows law enforcement agencies to train for de-escalation, use of force, and crisis intervention situations in safe, immersive, and controlled environment. The APEX Officer virtual reality training system is capable of simulating an infinite number of different training scenarios that can convey body language and other non-verbal threat cues that are a crucial part of progressive judgmental use of force training."
"Apex Officer, a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, first responder, educational and commercial markets, today announced that a California Police Department has installed two Apex Officer X360 virtual reality training simulators. With the national focus on the use of force and police training, the department saw an opportunity to better prepare its officers with training equipment designed to improve decision making in high-pressure situations. After significant research on the various options, the police department chose to include the Apex Officer X360 judgmental use of force simulator as a major component of its training program."
by NBC 2 on November 28th, 2018
"With the goal of creating the most realistic training simulations possible, Apex Officer provides one of the most immersive VR training simulations for police officers. Its devotion to interactive training has made the company an industry leader. Simulations include firearm use, de-escalation strategies, use of force and crisis intervention simulations. Police train with facsimiles of their duty weapons, not some kid’s version of a service firearm or what Silicon Valley thinks a gun should look like."
"APEX Officer uses VR to train police in a variety of scenarios including dangerous and life threatening ones. Using interactive scenarios, sensor enabled weaponry (Tasers, guns etc.) and a human trainer providing the voice of the bad guys APEX Officer is providing a life like training tool to police forces all over the US, as well as some arms of the military."
"APEX Officer’s turnkey virtual reality training platform enables officers to train for the most difficult real-world situations, including use-of-force, active shooters, de-escalation, crisis intervention, terrorist attacks, and more; meanwhile, preparing police officers for the emotional realities of real-life use-of-force situations. APEX Officer has worked with 40 police agencies, as well as signed a deal with a major branch of the US military."
"APEX Officer worked with dozens of police departments in California to inform its solution, and a couple of departments will be using its platform as part of their training in 2019, Chase Dittmer, APEX Officer CEO, said."
"Chase Dittmer presents APEX Officer's virtual reality training simulator for police officers and law enforcement agencies, during NewBoCo’s Iowa Startup Accelerator Launch Day at the Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017."
"A virtual reality startup from Cedar Rapids, Iowa is working with military and law enforcement agencies to create VR training scenarios. APEX Officer has crafted a number of different simulations for police and military to practice realistic and dangerous scenarios."
"Cedar Rapids based virtual reality company APEX Officer creates training simulations for military and law enforcement agencies. It gives the trainee a realistic look into a dangerous situation. APEX Officer has worked with a number of law enforcement agencies in Iowa."