by Written by Ellis Pines, November 25, 2018
5 values of virtual training for campus police and school resources officers
These values of virtual training presume that the campus police department or school resource officer unit consists of sworn, authorized police officers. Through training and testing, officers learn whether they behave effectively and correctly.
VALUE #1: REALITY.
Immerse school resource officers (SROs) in real-world threatening situations accurately and safely. The aim of virtual small arms training technologies is to duplicate real-life challenges as closely as possible. Training should include immersive experiences – like wraparound screens, 3D marksmanship, realistic weapons types and scenarios that branch in response to actions – so trainees experience the surroundings and threats as real.
Value #2: AFFORDABILTY.
Economize on the high costs of ranges and ammunition. While live-fire training remains critical for law enforcement, the costs for rounds of training ammo can strain budgets. Precision simulation can accomplish many training goals with a minimum impact on funds as well as the environment.
VALUE #3: AVAILABILITY.
Find the system that fits your needs. Today’s law enforcement simulation capabilities can scale to fit the scope of any campus security and budget requirements, from simple, one-screen systems to high-end, 300-degree immersive solutions with advanced military-grade judgmental and marksmanship training technologies.
Value #4: FLEXIBILITY.
Match training needs with capabilities. Real-life situations are varied, and typical live-fire training
may not always match the range of today’s priorities. SROs must be prepared for a sudden transition from an ordinary day to use-of-force judgments with a fugitive, to active shooters terrorizing students. With video-based scenarios, agencies can test officers on the full spectrum of possibilities they might encounter.
VALUE #5: LEGALITY.
Prepare officers to respond correctly in split second life-and-death judgments. Judgmental training is critical for all law enforcement officers to better understand the factors impacting their decision-making and performance in a deadly force situation, including the legal implications. It requires the user to survey and react to verbal cues, facial expressions and overall body language to quickly assess a situation and interact with individuals using proper verbal commands and skills training.