Police-community relations is one of the most important things that an agency can develop. Having a community that trusts and feels protected by their officers can make the job be not only more rewarding but more effective.

Having an interactive partnership between agencies and the people that they serve keeps officers more informed of community happenings and thus empowers them to continue solving public safety problems.

Ways to Build a Relationship with your Community

There are many ways that agencies can get involved with their community and foster that relationship with them. Each community is unique and may have different ways for its people and its officers to come together.

Partnering with Nonprofits and Charity Organizations
  • Agencies could combine efforts with charity organizations in their area that help provide benefits to the community. This is a good way for agencies to show their involvement in bettering the community through more ways than just public safety enforcement.
Holding/ Attending Community Events
  • Sending officers to attend events hosted by the community is a beneficial way for officers to become familiar faces and for them to build personal connections with members of the community.
  • Agencies could also host events and invite the community to join them. This gives the people a chance to learn more about the agency and its officers. This is also a good opportunity for the department to share their mission and their goals for public safety.
Reaching Out to Community Media
  • Departments reaching out and communicating with community media is a good way to get their mission and goals broadcasted onto radio or television. This is also a great way to get partnered with a local business and show your dedication to having relationships with local businesses.
Showcasing Department Training
  • Letting the community have a look into all that your officers do to help protect their community is a great way to build that relationship with them. Whether through a YouTube video, social media, or even an in-person event, departments can showcase their de-escalation training, police simulator training, firearm training, and more!
  • With a VirTra police simulator, your department can display their highly effective, realistic scenario training. Equipped with a nationally-certified curriculum covering a plethora of useful topics, VirTra technology is the perfect way for your community to see that your department is using a training system that is designed to help keep both them and their officers safe.

There are many ways for agencies to build a relationship with their community and VirTra is happy to be a part of your agency’s goals. To get your department started with VirTra police simulator training, contact a VirTra specialist today!

Investing in high-tech solutions to better train officers in the community is always a smart move and also a good look. Community leaders, politicians and even citizens feel better knowing that law enforcement in their town or city are being trained properly and efficiently.

Bringing in new technology such as a VirTra simulator catches attention, and this is often used to host media days or even events where public officials and leaders can learn more. Demonstrations on VirTra’s simulator not only has shown citizens, politicians and news outlets that an agency is being trained well, but due to the immersive technology, they gain a better understanding of the split-second decisions and stressful events officers must go through.

The Public Safety Training Foundation in Decatur, IL, located on the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center campus, has three V-300® use-of-force training simulators. Two of the simulators train new recruits and are also used for community outreach, and the third is for sustained training of experienced local officers. According to Public Safety Training Foundation’s Director of Communications, Chelsey Keyes, approximately 200 non-law enforcement community members have been hosted. Even the Mayor of Decatur, Julie Moore Wolfe, has gotten a chance to participate.

“Most of us will never face the split-second decisions police are forced to make in the line of duty “said Mayor Wolfe, one of the many public figures who have gotten a VirTra demonstration through Public Safety Training Foundation. “I firmly believe all Illinois lawmakers need to experience this training as they explore police reform.”

The Public Safety Training Foundation, a non-profit organization, is dedicated on providing training programs to law enforcement members in not just Macon County, but surrounding areas as well. As mentioned in their mission statement, The Foundation aims to “ensure that first responders are well-equipped to serve their community.” The foundation has begun to host civilian groups that sign up to experience various scenarios on the V-300. Those attending are made aware of the difficult decisions officers must make when facing a threat as well as the immense stress they cope with from these situations.

If you would like to experience an eye-opening demonstration of VirTra’s high fidelity training simulators in any region of the country, contact us.