Police Simulation Training
Training That Advances Performance
VirTra prepares law enforcement officers for real-life incidents so they—and every member of the community—are protected to the best of their abilities. This is accomplished through real-world, de-escalation and judgmental use of force training simulators accompanied with nationally certified curriculum. Together they are better equipped with surreal scenarios that provide an in-depth look into human performance and knowledge transfer. The demands on law enforcement to make critical decisions in tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situations require the human performance aspect of cognitive neuroscience and human physiology and are taken into account as part of the police training methodology.
Research on best utilizing law enforcement simulation technology is implemented into everything VirTra does. Training scenarios are filmed in superior quality and contain the full fidelity of real actors—thus eliminating ‘video game’ training and training scars. VirTra’s known for its extensive branching options further increasing the realism by allowing scenarios to unfold based on the instructor, trainee or team’s decisions.
Certified Training Curriculum
Teach, Train, Test and Sustain
Each law enforcement training simulator is equipped with V-VICTA®—Virtual Interactive Coursework Training Academy—which delivers the only nationally-certified simulation curriculum for law enforcement training. These assets are designed to teach, train, test and sustain 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 police simulator.
VirTra’s constant improvements, evolution and intensity of new training products and tech stem from our clientele feedback and involvement, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FLETC, Utah Attorney General’s Office, Denver PD, Dallas PD, Inglewood PD, Camden PD, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Australian Border Force and many more worldwide.
De-Escalation and Judgmental Use of Force
Training Scenarios in Action
Showcased below are a few sample videos of actual VirTra law enforcement judgmental use of force training scenarios. We prove what we do with actual videos! Watch as trainee officers engage in a wide variety of real situations, including: mental illness, de-escalation and property alarms.
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.
Mental IllnessOfficers who train with VirTra’s simulators learn how to verbally de-escalate, recognize and respond properly to mental illness and practice different branches of scenarios.
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.
Additional 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
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Under Cover
Law Enforcement Training Scenarios
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 police training regimen is the debrief. Through VirTra’s virtual training 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 training 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.