More Than 56 Local Agencies and Municipalities to Benefit from VirTra’s Immersive Training for de-escalation and crisis situations
Tempe, Ariz. — August 22, 2017 — VirTra, Inc. (OTCQX: VTSI), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, today announced that Missouri’s St. Louis County Police Department has installed a VirTra V-300 simulator to train local law enforcement on de-escalation and split-second decision-making in life-threatening situations.
Recent officer use of force incidents in the country have resulted in a focus on ensuring high quality law enforcement training. However, many law enforcement agencies struggle with budgetary issues. St. Louis County purchased the VirTra system through a donation by the Berges Family Foundation and the St. Louis Police Foundation in response to the critical need for better judgmental use of force and de-escalation training.
“When I watched other officers go through the VirTra simulator, I saw them – veteran officers – using very good tactics, but they were sweating from the stress and realism of what they were experiencing,” said Deputy Chief Kenneth Cox of the St. Louis County Police Department. “I thought, if it’s that realistic in this big auditorium, then that’s what we need. You could tell it was intense for them.”
The VirTra V-300 is installed at the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. Training for local law enforcement will begin by late August. More than 70 police departments and municipalities near Ferguson are members of the academy and can take advantage of the V-300’s interactive training scenarios.
“Proper training is paramount to good law enforcement, and thanks to a generous donation to the St. Louis Police Foundation, area law enforcement can train on the most advanced simulator in the industry,” said Sergeant John Wall, from the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy. “We know that more effective training will enable our officers to make better decisions in crisis situations including de-escalation techniques for dangerous situations that our officers face every day in the field.”
“Increasingly, agencies and area governments like St. Louis County, Ferguson, and O’Fallon are recognizing the tremendous advantages that VirTra’s training systems provide, and are turning to our technology to prepare their law enforcement personnel to make better decisions in life-threatening situations that can involve lethal force,” said Bob Ferris, chairman and CEO of VirTra.
The VirTra V-300 system is capable of simulating hundreds of different scenarios that can convey body language and other non-verbal threat cues that are a crucial part of progressive judgmental use of force training. The V-300 also has multiple screens that offer a 300-degree view, and includes peripheral vision and weapons that closely match those used in the field to enhance the transferability of the training to real-life scenarios.
Each training scenario in the VirTra V-300 is based on real-life incidents and is professionally produced with content that is carefully vetted by subject matter experts to rigorously test a trainee’s critical thinking skills, weapons skills under pressure, and psychological responses to the stresses of life-like situations.
VirTra is a global provider of simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The Company’s patented technologies, software and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship and related training that mimics real world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through realistic and highly-effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at www.VirTra.com.
This news release includes certain information that may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by terminology such as “could,” “may,” “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “proposed,” “planned,” “potential” and similar expressions, or are those, which, by their nature, refer to future events. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included herein, including statements about VirTra’s beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Although VirTra believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such forward-looking information will prove to be accurate. VirTra cautions investors that any forward-looking statements by the Company are not guarantees of future results or performance, and that actual results may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Accordingly, due to the risks, uncertainties and assumptions inherent in forward-looking information, readers and prospective investors in the Company’s securities should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof, and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof and is subject to change. The Company assumes no obligation to revise or update forward-looking information to reflect new circumstances, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Investor Relations contact: