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Virtual Reality technology is being used within Law Enforcement to de-escalate incidents

Posted at 1:34 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 16:34:27-04

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Throughout the country, the rethinking of police training is a critically important topic that needs immediate action. A new perspective on de-escalation by incorporating community engagement training for law enforcement is key to positive change.
Through the use of breakthrough Virtual Reality technology, law enforcement can learn a new perspective on community engagement due to VR’s immersive nature, which can supercharge memory and empathy.

Luke Larson, President, Axon; former Marine Corps officer, recipient of Bronze Star shares details on how the VR Simulator can prepare officers for real-world scenarios in a way that encourages critical thinking, de-escalation and empathy, tactical and officer preparedness.
A study from Miami Children’s Hospital showed that VR training has an 80% retention rate one full year after training, compared to just 20% after one week with traditional training.

  • A separate study by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that users trained with VR were up to 275% more confident in using what they’d learned after training compared to classroom and online learning.
  • Neuroscience has proven that the activity that happens in your brain when you’re experiencing a 360° video using VR goggles is the same type of brain response that happens when you are in a new place.