Police Departments in the Midwest Benefit from Virtual Reality Training Simulations

Police departments across the midwest benefit from Apex Officer's VR training simulations.

Virtual reality simulation training is revolutionizing the way that police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country handle training. Apex Officer, the leading provider of VR training technology and law enforcement training simulations that help police departments train their officers. Apex Officer provides a number of different simulators that can be used by departments of all sizes.

Apex Officer has been able to help a number of police departments across the midwest and has helped a number of police departments nationwide. If you're interested in learning about how police departments and law enforcement agencies on the West Coast use the Apex Officer system, we created a resource for west coast law enforcement agencies. This resource is focused on the different virtual reality simulations they have and how they have helped a number of police departments.

Police Training in the Midwest

The Midwest, as defined by the federal government, comprises the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Although the midwest comprises a large portion of the United States of America, the Midwest’s growth rate has lagged behind that of the country as a whole. However, when it comes to police and law enforcement training, police departments in the midwest are making massive leaps forward to better prepare their officers.

Examples of law enforcement agencies in the midwest that train their officers with virtual reality simulators:

Illinois Police Prepare with Virtual Reality Simulations

What if you could learn how to de-escalate tense situations and calm people down using virtual reality? That's exactly what's happening in Aurora, Illinois with their groundbreaking police training program. It's one of the first of its kind in the state of Illinois. In a recent segment by CBS News, CBS News correspondent, Kris Van Cleave, recently visited the Aurora Police Department to check out their new virtual reality training simulator.

Learn more about how Aurora Police Department utilizes the Apex Officer training platform in our most recent case study.

Indiana Police Departments Prefer Apex Officer's VR Training Simulator

As we recently published in our latest resource titled, New VR Training Simulator for Indiana Police Officers, police officers in Indiana can now train for use of force and deescalation in virtual reality. With the help of progressive law enforcement agencies across the state we recently began expanding our footprint in the state of Indiana and we are bringing the Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator to Indiana law enforcement officers.

The Goshen Police Department will soon have its own virtual training simulator after being authorized to purchase an Apex Officer training simulator following unanimous action by the Goshen Board of Public Works and Safety, making it the first department in the state to do so.

Law Enforcement Academies in Iowa Utilize Apex Officer VR Training Simulator

Hawkeye Law Enforcement Academy recently announced their latest Advanced Learning Technology in their portfolio of tools and resources that aid in the development of Iowa's future law enforcement officers. Apex Officer's virtual reality simulator is a new and innovative way of giving officers and cadets from all over Iowa hands-on training in de-escalation situations.

The Apex Officer VR training platform provides ILEA Cadets and officers from across the state of Iowa with hands-on training experience. The variety of scenarios is endless ranging from traffic stops to domestic calls to active shooter situations.

With Apex Officer, Hawkeye Law Enforcement Academy has the ability to bring the training academy directly to rural Iowa law enforcement agencies.

Minnesota Police Implement VR Training Simulations

The Rochester Police Department conducted significant research on the various simulators and training options available and chose to implement Apex Officer's VR training platform and virtual reality simulations as a core component of their training program. Rochester PD is leading the way in progressive police training in the state of Minnesota.

Police Departments in Minnesota Implement VR Training Simulations by Apex Officer
Police Departments in Minnesota Implement VR Training Simulations by Apex Officer

The Apex Officer training system is a game-changer. In a recent interview, KPD Sergeant Paul Gronholz said the "simulator allows officers to learn valuable lessons without real-world consequences. They'll fail forward, they'll learn what not to do." RPD says in the future, they would like the high-tech training equipment to be a regional asset that officers across Southeast Minnesota could use to train.

Ohio Police Officers Utilize VR to Train

Virtual reality de-escalation training simulations are being used to provide future police officers in the state of Ohio with the experience and knowledge needed to perform under high-stress situations. Stebbins High School is not only an award-winning high school, but it's also the first career technical school in the state of Ohio to provide criminal justice students with the opportunity to gain law enforcement experience while utilizing immersive virtual reality technology.

Wisconsin Police Train with Apex Officer's VR Simulations

With the national focus on improving the quality of use of force training for law enforcement officers, the NWTC Public Safety Training Center saw an opportunity to implement futuristic and innovative law enforcement training simulators in the classroom that will aid the development of Wisconsin's future police officers. NWTC Public Safety Program recently stated, "We are proud to offer the latest in training practices here on campus for our students, recruits, and area public safety partners. This virtual reality system from Apex Officer is absolutely amazing and has countless scenarios where officers can be placed into work on their decision-making skills."

Michigan Police Departments Benefit from VR Training

"Apex Officer is a game-changer for police training technology and is transforming the face of law enforcement training in the State of Michigan," said Chase Dittmer, President of Apex Officer. "Outdated training technology is preventing law enforcement agencies across the state of Michigan from training effectively. The Apex Officer training platform was designed in the field with Michigan law enforcement, for law enforcement to save time, money and resources.

For example, the Ingham County Sheriff's Office recently implemented the Apex Officer X2 simulator. The Ingham County Sheriff's Office Training Team sets the standard in Law Enforcement and Corrections training through Leadership, Innovation, and a Commitment to Excellence.


If you are looking for an effective, yet affordable way to train your law enforcement officers, Apex Officer can help. With years of virtual reality experience, the Apex Officer team is committed to providing the most effective training possible. So, if you are interested in virtual reality training simulations, Apex Officer is a perfect match. To learn more about Apex Officer and schedule an interactive product demonstration, interested agencies can visit our Request a Demo page and get started today, for free.

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John Carter
Community and Engagement Manager

Community and Engagement Manager at Apex Officer