Monmouth County Police Academy Announces VR Training System

Monmouth Police Academy becomes the first agency in NJ to have a dedicated VR training facility.

The Monmouth County Police Academy, the only police academy in the state of New Jersey to receive the Gold Standard in Public Safety from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), recently announced the latest state of the training technology that is currently in use to train their law enforcement officers.

Sheriff Shaun Golden proudly announced the installation of the Apex Officer VR training simulator during a recent media event. This high tech equipment which includes a virtual reality head mounted display, along with accessories, is designed to improve and enhance police response during crisis situations.

Monmouth County Police Academy Announces New Training Technology

“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is in the forefront when it comes to cutting edge technology, and, it is our priority that members of law enforcement receive the highest level of training possible,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “We are proud to be the first to deploy this new virtual reality innovative training equipment in NJ, which is aimed to ensure officers are performing at their best. It enables officers to develop skills and de-escalation techniques, in a controlled environment, when split second decisions need to be made. ”

Through the Apex Officer training platform officers are fully immersed in a virtual reality situation with head gear, a backpack and other accessories.  As soon as officers suit up they forget they are in a training room and instead are virtually placed inside the crisis situation to which they are responding. Another officer creates the scenarios, with characters, and, is able to change the narrative at any moment.  The variety of scenarios are endless ranging from traffic stops to domestic calls to active shooter situations. Officers conduct a debriefing at the end of each scenario.

Monmouth County Police Academy Announces VR Training System
Monmouth County Police Academy Announces VR Training System

“The more accurately we can simulate scenarios officers may actually encounter in the line of duty, the better prepared they’ll be to face them,” Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey said. “Infusing our existing training with this technology puts us on the cutting edge in this respect, and we are excited to get started with our partners at the Sheriff’s Office and make this training available to all of our police officers.  We appreciate Sheriff Golden’s efforts to bring this invaluable tool to Monmouth County.”

“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are once again providing the highest quality training and resources to our local law enforcement officers through the state-of-the-art Apex Officer training program,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Apex Officer training program is an innovative way to prepare our officers for scenarios they may encounter in the field. I commend Sheriff Shaun Golden and Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey for spearheading this program.”

All Monmouth County Police Academy recruits will be trained on the new equipment at the Situational Training And Response Simulator Facility in Freehold, along with officers throughout Monmouth County and beyond. The Monmouth County Sheriff Office remains the only agency in NJ to have a dedicated building for virtual reality and hands on training, with the Apex Officer being its latest initiative. STARS is equipped with two of the Apex Officers. They were purchased through the law enforcement officer trust fund, a grant provided by the State of New Jersey.


Apex Officer is a leader in virtual reality training for law enforcement. We are proud to have been selected to provide our innovative technology to the state of New Jersey and Monmouth County Sheriff's Office. We take pride in our commitment to professionalism, safety, and accuracy. To learn more about Apex Officer’s virtual reality training platform for law enforcement, please schedule your free product demonstration today.


About Monmouth County Police Academy

The Monmouth County Police Academy is a Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy operating under the direction of the Monmouth County Sheriff, and the Academy Board of Directors. The Monmouth County Police Academy offers basic recruit classes for many branches of law enforcement; we offer a wide variety of in-service training to meet the needs of the law enforcement community and prepare both recruits and seasoned officers to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. The mission of the Monmouth County Police Academy is to provide the most knowledgeable, experienced staff to deliver the latest in training and technology to recruits and in-service clients in a professional manner.

Monmouth County Police Academy
2000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone Number: 732-577-8710

About Apex Officer

Apex Officer is the leading provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, Defense, first responders, and educational markets. Apex Officer's proprietary technologies, software, and scenarios provide intense virtual reality training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship, crisis intervention, and related training that mimics real-world situations. Apex Officer’s mission is to use 21st-century technology to solve long-standing problems in policing and public safety.

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