High-Risk Vehicle Stop Training
Certified High-Risk Traffic Stop Training for Police Officers, Sheriffs and Deputies
VirTra’s high-risk vehicle stop training is nationally-certified curriculum improves officers’ skills long-term, making the information easily accessible even when the officer is overwhelmed and highly stressed. The principles taught in this high-risk traffic stop training curriculum keep officers, their partners and nearby citizens safe from harm as officers learn to rely on good judgment and verbal communication. After all, half the battle is knowing how to read a scene, properly assess the situation and react accordingly with confidence—especially in dangerous and potentially life-threatening events.
Science-Based High-Risk Vehicle Stop Training
Research-proven Tactics Maximize Training Time
• Proper verbal skills to ensure the exit of the driver and passenger(s)
• Making appropriate force decisions during an HRVS
• Pre-stop procedures
• Officer body and vehicle positions
• Clearing the vehicle
• And more
After engaging in classroom instruction, officers can practice their new-found skills in VirTra’s realistic simulator. VirTra offers multiple high-risk traffic stop training scenarios that allow officers to put into practice what they have learned—helping instructors oversee skill development and minimize training scars from the get-go.
In the simulator, vehicles are positioned and accurate per officer’s perspective on-screen so trainees can use real 3D props like a chair to sit as if they were actually sitting within the police cruiser. Each traffic stop scenario has multiple branching options—such as the subject surrendering or firing their gun—which are chosen based off the trainee’s choices or instructor’s decision. This way, trainees can see the consequences of their decisions within a safe, controlled environment.
A Sneak Peek Into High-Risk Vehicle Stop Training
See How Scenarios Work and Branch During Training
This is a perfect method of teaching in a safe environment while showing trainees the consequences of their actions. If the officer was practicing perfect de-escalation tactics, instructors could have chosen for the driver to comply with all commands. But if the officer is escalating the situation or missing subtle cues, instructors of the high-risk vehicle stop training can program the situation to end with the driver escalating the situation further.
While seemingly simple on the surface, in actuality, “High-Risk – Driver with Gun” has dozens of branching options in addition to the few mentioned here. Training using a powerful simulator with equally powerful scenarios ensures officers receive increased training, even when engaging in the same situation repeatedly.
Why Our High-Risk Traffic Stop Training Curriculum Saves Lives
Real-World Examples to Prepare Future Officers
This event has been covered in detail. Dinkheller’s patrol car dashcam recorded the entire incident and documentaries have been since produced to describe the event and surrounding circumstances. It is a great teaching tool—showing the importance of officer survival training—and a grim reminder of what can happen in the field if an officer is caught off guard. The Dinkheller case and similar events were used to inspire this high-risk vehicle stop training to ensure officers are prepared for any and all events in the field.
Nationally Certified Officer Curriculum
Certified Curriculum Ensures Best High-Risk Traffic Stop Training and Skill Transfer
By having high-risk traffic stop training both POST approved and nationally-certified, departments automatically receive training hours when the curriculum is taught. Whether this curriculum is used to help veterans brush up on their skills or teach trainees the foundation, the HRVS V-VICTA™ curriculum effectively prepares law enforcement members for potentially dangerous traffic stops.
V-VICTA—VirTra’s Virtual Interactive Coursework Training Academy—oversees all nationally-certified curriculum, including High Risk Vehicle Stops. Other certified curricula within the V-VICTA program include: Human Factors in Use of Force Encounters, De-Escalation, Mental Illness: A Practical Approach, and more. All V-VICTA curriculum is free with every law enforcement simulator, saving departments ample man-hours and thousands of dollars.
To learn more about high-risk vehicle stop training and other V-VICTA curriculum, contact a VirTra specialist.