Axon Announces Availability of VR Simulator Training for Public Safety to Increase De-Escalation Training
Phoenix PD among first police agencies to roll out new virtual reality training to officers
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Axon (NASDAQ: AXON), the global leader in connected public safety technologies, today announced the availability of its Virtual Reality (VR) Simulator Training, which provides immersive VR training that helps officers develop critical thinking and de-escalation skills and build community trust. Phoenix PD is one of the first agencies to deploy this revolutionary training to better prepare officers for real-life situations in the field.
Police training today can be costly, time consuming and require dedicated training centers, props, and paid roleplay instructors. As a result, officers may not have as much access to training as they would like, and often times the training they do get is focused on use-of-force rather than de-escalation skills. Effective training must be realistic, accessible and easily deployable across departments, independent of department size or resources. These factors are critical in helping officers confront and make optimal decisions during a real-life situation.
With Simulator Training, trainers and trainees no longer need to be in the same location for training to occur. Simulator Training can be easily deployed in any environment and allows officers to train as often as they like from anywhere, even remotely. Simulator Training aims to increase the frequency in which officers conduct skills and de-escalation training through immersive, real-life scenarios that feel real, both physically and mentally, and can be easily completed in 10-20 minutes before or after a shift. The platform can also be used to analyze an officer's current performance and inform future training for that individual.
"Axon's VR Simulator Training is truly a new era in law enforcement training," says Chris Chin, Axon VP of Immersive Technologies. "It directly supports Axon's mission to protect life by giving law enforcement officers the ability to work through situations they see in their communities daily via VR and help create better outcomes for everyone."
The Axon VR Training platform is made up of three core components including:
"With this new VR training, we've reduced the cost and time that it takes to get our officers the training they need to perform at their best," says Phoenix Mayor, Kate Gallego. "I've experienced the VR training, and it was amazing to see the same incident from different perspectives. The training will help our officers gain confidence and insight as they respond to our diverse communities."
Combining the HTC VIVE Focus 3 VR headset and the VIVE Wrist Tracker from industry leading partner, HTC VIVE, Axon VR provides an all-in-one, portable platform that's simple to deploy and use, with no extraneous hardware, time or space constraints. The VR training provides connectivity for both in-person and remote experiences, creating an on-demand platform that can be accessed anytime.
To learn more about Simulator Training visit https://www.axon.com/training/vr.
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