Training That Advances Performance
VirTra helps prepare law enforcement officers for real-life incidents so they can return home safely after each shift. Each real-world training simulator has surreal scenarios that provide an in-depth look into human performance. The demands on law enforcement to make critical decisions in tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situations require that the human performance aspect of cognitive neuroscience and human physiology are taken into account as part of the training methodology.
Research on how to best use simulation technology is taken into account within what VirTra does. Scenarios are filmed in superior quality and contain the full fidelity of real actors—thus eliminating ‘video game’ training. VirTra’s extensive branching options further increase the realism by allowing scenarios to unfold based on the instructor, trainee or team’s decisions.
Teach, Train, Test and Sustain
Each law enforcement simulator is equipped with V-VICTA®—Virtual Interactive Coursework Training Academy—which teaches, trains, tests and sustains law enforcement officers. The program’s certified curriculum and interactive coursework are developed exclusively with nationally-recognized partnerships for maximum training both inside and out of the simulator.
VirTra’s constant improvements, evolution and intensity of new products and tech stem from our clientele feedback and involvement, including U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, FLETC, Utah Attorney General’s Office, Denver PD, Dallas PD, Inglewood PD, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Australian Border Force and many more worldwide.
Training in Action
Showcased below are just a few sample videos of actual VirTra training scenarios. We prove what we do in actual videos. Watch as trainees engage in a wide variety of situations, including active shooter, de-escalation and property alarm.
Active ShooterActive Shooter: VirTra’s ATAK (Active Threat/Active Killer) program provides highly intense events that support team interactions, communication, threat evolution and officer response dynamics. Included in V-VICTA.
De-EscalationDe-Escalation: When approaching a tense scene, it can be challenging to diffuse the situation. Officers can prepare by building effective communication skills, calling for additional resources and practicing de-escalation tactics through simulation training.
Use of ForceUse of Force: Seconds matter in potentially explosive situations. Use of Force scenarios allow participants to practice making crucial decisions as the instructor selects branching options to escalate or deescalate the situation.
Skill DrillsSkill Drills: Through skill builder drills, trainees can learn the basics, review the essentials or try more advanced training events—such as TASER Targeting and Stop Time—which are based on research done by the Force Science Institute.
Low LightAs many as 77% of police shootings are believed to occur under some degree of diminished lighting. Judgmental use of force training helps officers learn to search for, control and apprehend suspects in low lighting.
Additonal Law Enforcement Training
- Active Threat / Active Killer
- Courtroom Security
- Dog Encounter
- Domestic Violence
- Emotionally Disturbed Person (EDP)
- High-Risk Entry
- High-Risk Vehicle Stop
- Hostage Situation
- Human Factors
- Skill Drill
- Suicidal Subject
- Suspect Contact
- Suspicious Subject
- Traffic Stop
- Under Cover
Extensive Branching Options
Real life events are rarely simple, which is why VirTra designed each training scenario to be complex. Through extensive branching options, each scenario can unfold based on the decisions made by the instructor or trainee. This ability allows a team’s resilience and accuracy to be tested repeatedly with consistent training throughout.
These scenarios are designed to teach critical concepts, such as officer presence, communication skills, verbal and non-verbal cues, de-escalation, less-lethal, use of force and more.
Debrief / After-Action Review
A critical element of any training regimen is the debrief. Through VirTra’s simulations, instructors have the ability to pause the scenario mid-scene or wait until scenario completion before reviewing the trainee’s performance. Simulation debriefing abilities include overlaying actions on the scenario, such as the exact time and location of the trainee’s shot. Instructors are also provided resources to improve report writing, maximizing training outside of the simulator.
Training Specialist and Use of Force Expert
What made us choose VirTra was the options it had that would enhance what we were currently doing. We saw there was a lot more application, more realism and opportunity to integrate some of the stuff we saw coming related to the force option from verbal de-escalation all the way through lethal force.