Why Police Departments are Retiring Their Old Projector Simulators

Police departments across the country are upgrading to the 21st century with Apex Officer.

Police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country are retiring their old projector-based simulators and upgrading to Apex Officer's virtual reality simulator. There are several reasons for this shift, including improved training outcomes, enhanced safety, and cost savings.

Improved training outcomes.

One of the primary reasons police departments are upgrading to virtual reality simulators is the improved training outcomes they offer. Traditional projector-based simulators often lacked the realism and interactivity needed to prepare officers for real-world scenarios. In contrast, Apex Officer's virtual reality simulator offer a highly immersive experience that closely mirrors the challenges and stressors officers face on the job. This realism translates into more effective training that helps officers respond more effectively and confidently in high-pressure situations.

Enhanced safety for both officers and civilians.

In addition to improved training outcomes, Apex Officer's virtual reality simulator offers enhanced safety for both officers and civilians. Traditional simulators often required officers to use simulated weapons that closely resembled real firearms. While these weapons were non-lethal, they could still cause serious injury if used incorrectly. In contrast, virtual reality simulators use specialized controllers that do not resemble actual weapons, making them much safer to use. Additionally, virtual reality simulations can be designed to incorporate non-lethal options such as tasers or pepper spray, allowing officers to practice de-escalation techniques without putting anyone in harm's way.

Cost savings.

Another key advantage of Apex Officer's VR training platform is cost savings. Traditional projector-based simulators were often expensive to maintain, requiring regular repairs and updates. In contrast, virtual reality simulators are highly durable and require minimal maintenance. Additionally, virtual reality simulators are often more cost-effective than traditional simulators, as they can be used to train multiple officers simultaneously. This can help police departments to stretch their training budgets further, allowing them to provide more comprehensive and effective training to their officers.

Extensive training flexibility.

Finally, virtual reality simulators offer a level of flexibility that projector-based simulators cannot match. Apex Officer's VR simulator can be used to train officers in a wide range of scenarios, from active shooter situations to de-escalating tense encounters with civilians. This versatility allows police departments to tailor their training to the specific needs of their officers and communities. Additionally, virtual reality simulators can be easily updated and customized, allowing police departments to keep their training programs current and relevant.


In conclusion, the shift towards virtual reality simulators in police departments is driven by a range of factors, including improved training outcomes, enhanced safety, cost savings, and flexibility. As police departments continue to prioritize effective training and community policing, virtual reality simulators are likely to become an increasingly important tool in their training arsenal.

If you're interested in retiring your old projector simulator, you can begin your upgrade to the 21st century and learn more about Apex Officer by requesting a product demonstration today.

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Carey Rhodes
Marketing Manager

Marketing Manger at Apex Officer