Posted on Dec. 17, 2019 by VirTra Inc

Get De-Escalation Virtual Training for Your Force

Naturally, every police force and military unit wants their team to be effective. Leaders in law enforcement traditionally use lectures or videos to teach and prepare their teams. While these forms of instruction are suitable for disseminating knowledge, they are unable to showcase the real-life situations officers face on a daily basis. VirTra’s firearms and judgmental use of force training simulations better prepare any law enforcement department to make the right decisions under pressure—whether the circumstance calls for verbal de-escalation, less lethal or lethal force.

Defining the Effectiveness of a Police Force or Military Unit

What makes law enforcement “effective?” Is it defined by the number of criminals on the streets, the amount of traffic stops made per night or another metric entirely? VirTra believes that the most effective law enforcement officers are those who keep the public safe while minimizing harm. In this regard, effectiveness goes hand-in-hand with judgmental use of force. An officer who uses good judgment and decision-making in high-stress situations is the best trained officer.

Improved Ability to Make Effective Decisions

As mentioned above, quick and proper decision-making is critical in situations where emotions run high and the consequences are significant. As such, it becomes essential for law enforcement to train in stress-inducing environments to prepare for the field. VirTra presents the ideal training solution by placing officers and military personnel in situations where quick judgment is imperative and accessories like the V-Threat-Fire™ add real-life consequences. Moreover, these firearms simulations can help instructors identify weaknesses in an officer’s approach and work to correct any training scars.

Learning from Common Situations Before They Occur

Law enforcement agencies nationwide respond to common situations: EDPs, domestic disputes, and trespassing to name a few. Officers must train for the various ways these scenarios can play out, such as through VirTra’s simulator’s branching scenarios. Each scenario has multiple realistic branching options created by in-house Subject Matter Experts. Branching allows the situation to play out depending on the officer’s decisions. Through this technology, officers can enter any given scenario and test various de-escalation, less-lethal and lethal options to learn how to best solve a situation. Whether an officer is called on an everyday occurrence or a unique situation, they are prepared to respond with the best judgement.

Handling Difficult, Dangerous Situations

Training simulators are also an excellent option for teaching law enforcement how to effectively handle difficult situations. Officers may find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place; a type of challenge that is becoming more common. Understanding how to properly navigate such circumstances is crucial, yet difficult to learn. VirTra’s judgmental use of force and de-escalation training places police and military in challenging situations. They allow them to evaluate and make decisions based on their observations. The result is a cadre that understands the nuances of a dangerous situation and can respond accordingly without unwarranted force.

Hands-On Experience Tops Training Lectures

Law enforcement can train with all the lectures and videos in the world, but an immersive scenario elicits a stronger response. VirTra’s simulators allow for police and military personnel to learn the most effective solutions to situations while minimizing risk. Training in this manner provides new recruits with hands-on experience in a low-risk, secure environment. These training simulators also give participants the freedom to make and learn from mistakes without the real-world consequences attached. Contact our product specialists to learn more about how VirTra’s training simulators can transform your department.

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