New VR Training Simulator for Indiana Police Officers

Police officers in Indiana can now train for use of force and deescalation in virtual reality.

Apex Officer, the leading provider of VR training simulators for law enforcement, military, and first responders has announced that they're expanding their footprint in the state of Indiana and are bringing the Apex Officer virtual reality training simulator to Indiana law enforcement officers.

Use of Force and De-Escalation Training for Indiana Police Officers

With the national focus on deescalation tactics and improving use of force training, law enforcement agencies across the state of Indiana and Apex Officer saw an opportunity to better prepare Indiana law enforcement officers with training equipment designed to improve decision making in high-pressure situations. After significant research on the various training options, Indiana police departments are choosing to include the Apex Officer judgmental use of force simulator as a significant component of their training program.

The Apex Officer content library is based on real-life incidents and is professionally produced with content that is carefully vetted by subject matter experts to rigorously test critical thinking skills, firearms skills under pressure, and psychological responses to the stresses of life-like situations.

Goshen Police Department Implements VR Training Simulator

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.

At the meeting, board members approved a request by Shannon Marks, legal compliance administrator for the city, authorizing the Goshen Police Department to make a special purchase of an Apex Officer Training Simulator, including equipment and software.

According to Goshen Mayor Jeremy Stutsman, "this is a virtual reality system, and it’s pretty incredible. I think it will really help our officers stay better trained and work through scenarios that we create ourselves instead of standard scenarios that come with most of these groups.”

Apex Officer is a Major Improvement for Indiana Police Training

"Apex Officer is a game-changer for police training technology and is transforming the face of law enforcement," said Chase Dittmer, President of Apex Officer. "Outdated technology is preventing law enforcement agencies across the state of Indiana and country from training effectively. The Apex Officer training platform was designed in the field with law enforcement, for law enforcement to save time, money and, most importantly, save the lives of law enforcement officers and the civilians they have sworn to protect. We want to help protect the people that protect us."

“Our main focus has always been safety. We want everyone to come home to their families safely. I grew up in a law enforcement family and as a child, I was always scared that they weren’t going to make it home,” said Chase Dittmer. “If you take out your firearm and you pull that trigger, you can’t take that bullet back. This isn't a video game. There isn’t a restart button in real life. However, if you pull out your firearm and you’re able to talk the suspect down and de-escalate the situation, you can always put your firearm away. We want the suspects, the victims, and our law enforcement officers to make it home safely. Apex Officer training system provides that preparation.”

Apex Officer's VR Simulator is Helping Train Indiana Police Officers

When it comes to training new officers, the Indiana law enforcement agencies are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to help their officers be better prepared for the real world. And thanks to the new VR simulator from Apex Officer, Indiana police departments have found just that. "The VR simulator is great because it allows us to put our officers in situations that they might not otherwise get a chance to experience."

The VR simulator is designed to give officers a realistic experience of what it's like to be in a dangerous situation. From shootouts to car chases, the simulator puts officers in some of the most high-stress situations they could face on the job. But that's exactly why it's such an important tool for training new officers.


Indiana police officers and law enforcement agencies can experience the Apex Officer system for themselves today. To learn more about Apex Officer and schedule a an interactive product demonstration, interested agencies can visit our Request a Demo page and get started today, for free.

To learn more about the work Apex Officer is doing with Goshen Police Department, you can check out our most recent case study.


About Apex Officer

Apex Officer is the leading provider of VR 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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John Carter
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Community and Engagement Manager at Apex Officer