Deescalation Training Simulator for Police Officers

Apex Officer's de-escalation training simulator for police officers and law enforcement agencies.

In almost every single citizen encounter, police officers are striving towards de-escalating adverse or demanding circumstances. Whether they are issuing a traffic citation or calming down a frantic parent who has lost their child or loved one, police officers are constantly engaging in de-escalation.

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.

The Need for New De-Escalation Training for Police Officers

As society continues to increase their expectation on police officers to possess almost extraordinary levels of professionalism, patience, and tolerance, police and law enforcement officers need a training program that provides verbal and physical tools to achieve these things, while simultaneously reducing risk to the officers and those they serve. Police officers need more than that and the training should go beyond what they learn in the academy. Police officers need de-escalation training. De-escalation is the ability to calm an individual and work out a solution to a situation before it becomes violent. This can prevent a situation from escalating and help the individual to regain control. De-escalation training for police officers is a necessary part of police training.

Virtual Reality Deescalation Training Simulator for Law Enforcement
Virtual Reality Deescalation Training Simulator for Law Enforcement

Deescalation Training Simulator Overview

Apex Officer's de-escalation training program for police and law enforcement is viewed as one of the best by law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Apex Officer's virtual reality police training simulator features the latest and greatest combination of virtual reality and police / law enforcement technology:

  • Virtual Reality Head Mounted Display (HMD)
  • Apex Arsenal - VR Training Accessories (VTA)
  • High Performance VR-Ready Workstation (HPW)
  • Windows 10 x 64-Bit
  • Dynamic Scenario Generator (DSG)
  • After Action Debriefing (AAD)
  • Advanced Officer Analytics (AOA)
  • Apex Wireless - Wireless Tracking Technology
  • Apex Vitals - Proprietary Heart-Rate Monitoring System
  • Instructor/Operator Laptop and Workstation
  • Apex Officer Content Library - 10,000+ Training Scenarios
  • Apex University - Train the Trainer Course
  • Apex Officer Reports - Training and Compliance Reports
  • Apex Officer Support - 24/7 Customer and Technical Support
  • Apex Officer Updates - Weekly Content Library Updates
  • And Much More

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Law Enforcement De-escalation Training Outline

The purpose and focus of de-escalation training is to improve the response of officers to incidents that involve persons in crisis, who are behaving erratically, emphasizing that public and officer safety are at the heart of this training process.

De-Escalation Training Learning Need

Peace officers must understand how the principles of de-escalation can provide effective tools during contacts with the Public and result in improved decision-making, reduction in situational intensity, and outcomes with greater voluntary compliance.

De-Escalation Training Learning Objective

The main learning objective of de-escalation training is to provide police officers with an organized way of making decisions about how they will act in any situation, including situations that may involve uses of force.

Core Concepts of De-Escalation

  • Self-Control
  • Effective Communication
  • Scene Assessment and Management
  • Force Options
  • Time

Areas of police officer performance where de-escalation concepts may assist

  • Gaining Voluntary Compliance
  • Defusing
  • Mitigating Unintended Consequences
  • Officer And Public Safety
  • Police Legitimacy

Exploration of a critical decision-making model which includes

  • Gather Information and Intelligence
  • Assess Threat/Risk and Develop a Strategy
  • Consider Powers and Policy
  • Identify Options and Contingencies
  • Take Action and Review What Happened

Key Principles of the Critical Decision-Making Model

  • Police Ethics
  • The Values of the Police Agency
  • Proportionality
  • The Sanctity of the Human Life

The Role of time in De-Escalation

  • Effects on the Decision-Making Process

Officer Safety While De-Escalating

  • Situational Awareness
  • Tactical Repositioning

Apex Officer Training Advantages
Apex Officer Training Advantages

De-escalation Training Frequently Asked Questions

Did you come to our website with questions about de-escalation training? You're in the right place. Below you will find common questions that community members ask us about de escalation training, tactics, and requirements. This section is designed for the common man to understand what type of training police officers regularly go through.

What is the definition of de-escalation?

According to California P.O.S.T., De-escalation is the process of using strategies and techniques intended to decrease the intensity of the situation.

What is de-escalation training?

De-escalation training is designed to help individuals learn how to effectively manage and respond to difficult situations. The goal of this type of training is to help individuals learn how to defuse tense situations, while also maintaining their own safety and the safety of others. De-escalation training can be beneficial for a variety of professionals, including law enforcement officers, social workers, and healthcare providers.

Deescalation training teaches officers to slow down, create space, and use communication techniques to defuse a potentially dangerous situation. De-escalation training provides officers with strategies to calmly deal with people who are experiencing mental and emotional crises.

What is tactical de-escalation?

Tactical Deescalation involves the use of techniques to reduce the intensity of an encounter with a suspect and enable an officer to have additional options to gain voluntary compliance or mitigate the need to use a higher level of force while maintaining control of the situation.

What are some de-escalation techniques?

There are a variety of de-escalation techniques that can be employed in order to diffuse a tense or dangerous situation. Some examples of de-escalation training techniques include:

  • slowing down an encounter
  • being compassionate
  • and using discretion to the officer's advantage.

There are many de-escalation techniques that can be used in order to reduce the intensity of a situation. Some of these techniques include:

  1. active listening
  2. body language,
  3. and verbal language.

Active listening involves paying close attention to the other person in order to better understand their perspective. Body language can be used to defuse a situation by appearing non-threatening and open. Verbal language should be calm and respectful in order to avoid escalating the situation.

How do you de-escalation a situation?

Successfully deescalating a situation is the result of a combination of communication, empathy, instinct, and sound officer safety tactics. The philosophy behind the training is that officers need to take every opportunity to slow down a situation when possible. Apex Officer’s deescalation training program includes ways to improve communication skills, discussion of how to assess a subject's situation, how to know when you need backup, and proven officer safety tactics.

What are the benefits of de-escalation?

A number of studies have shown that citizens base their perceptions of police officers off their last encounter with an officer. By practicing proper deescalation techniques, individual police officers will reduce their chances of being assaulted, mitigate their risk of being sued, and become more effective at their job.

Why should police officers go through de-escalation training?

Police officers who develop proper de-escalation skills and techniques, apply them when appropriate, and mitigate the need to use force will see improved job performance and increase their chances of being promoted.

What states require de-escalation training for police officers?

De-escalation training for police officers is becoming more common every year. Although police officers have gone through deescalation training in the past, a number of states are mandating refresher and updated training for in-service officers. We created a full list of de-escalation training requirements for police officers.

How much de-escalation training do police officers do?

The amount of time police officers are required to complete varies from state to state and police department to police department. According to a survey produced by PERF, targeted police academies, found that police cadets and recruits spent approximately eight hours on de-escalation training. As far as in-service de-escalation training, the best source on this can be found in the Police Training Requirements guide found on this website.

Who developed Apex Officer's training content?

One of the most important aspects of any training simulation is the quality of the content. We work closely with state and federal governing agencies like the Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and our police and law enforcement clients to ensure our training content is superior in quality, realism, immersion, and relevance. We also employ subject matter experts to guide the development of our law enforcement systems and scenarios. With their help, our world-class team of software developers create intense, realistic scenarios, which are displayed using the best virtual reality technology.

What is the purpose of Apex Officer's training simulator?

As society continues to increase their expectation on police officers to possess almost extraordinary levels of professionalism, patience, and tolerance, police and law enforcement officers need a training program that provides verbal and physical tools to achieve these things, while simultaneously reducing risk to the officers and those they serve.

About the Author

Alex Oliver
Customer Success

Alex Oliver is the Customer Success Manager at Apex Officer