Police officers spend a lot of time in their vehicles, from traveling to crime scenes to answering calls. While most law enforcement training is geared around de-escalation, use of force and other critical areas, why not something as important as driving?
VirTra’s V-DTS™—Driver Training Simulator—ensures students are taught correct driving techniques, can demonstrate them, then transfer the skills to the field. This driving simulator helps modernize law enforcement training, aids the instructor and saves departments time and money. But most importantly, the V-DTS is important in how it focuses on the driver’s cognitive learning, rather than the driving exclusively. VirTra accomplishes this by providing:
Fourth Simulation Screen
Most law enforcement driving simulators on the market are comprised of three screens in the front. VirTra takes this a step further by offering an optional fourth screen in the back to serve as a rearview of the car and area around it. By providing a complete view of their surroundings, trainees learn to physically look behind them in certain maneuvers and exercises rather than relying exclusively on mirrors or backup cameras.
VirTra has developed Emergency Vehicle Operation (EVO) V-VICTA® curriculum to further supplement learning in the drive sim. Trainees can learn the basics of patrol, emergency response and pursuit driving in the classroom, then put their newly-learned skills to the test in the driving simulator or facility track.
The EVO V-VICTA curriculum includes a 60-page lesson plan containing testing and scoring rubrics, class rosters and five learning modules to prepare students for the courses. Instructors also have access to a well-built presentation that can be used in tandem with the lesson plan materials.
As with all V-VICTA curriculum, the EVO Driver Training course will be IADLEST-certified. This certification signifies the materials meet the standards for POST certification across 36 states and recognized in all 50. Upon certification, the EVO curriculum will be a total of 24 credit hours.
Multiple Types of Law Enforcement Driver Training
Inside the police driving sim, instructors can place trainees in a customized or pre-programmed scenario, environment or Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC):
Training can be customized depending on the department’s needs. Instructors have the ability to create or modify existing scenarios, such as by programming pedestrians or vehicles to behave a certain way when triggered.
Similar to scenarios, trainees can drive around a variety of environments, including urban, rural, residential and highway. Rather than completing pre-programmed objectives, trainees can drive freely around the environment and learn situational awareness or complete tasks designated by the instructor.
Test Facility Track
The Test Facility Track offers driving courses designed to teach specific maneuvers. These pre-programmed exercises teach basic driving skills such as braking, parking and evasive maneuvers and more. Instructors can select from an existing driving track or design their own.
Recognition Stimuli Feature
The Recognition Stimuli Feature, when selected, causes street signs and license plates to ‘pop’ to a larger size when the trainee reaches a readable distance. As the student drives closer to the sign, the sign shrinks to its normal size. This feature is designed to increase the trainee’s cognitive skill in recognizing certain information, such as their location, identifying license plates and traffic control indicators at all times.
All VirTra law enforcement training simulators are built upon the VirTra Operating System (V-OS®) platform. As such, the standardized instructor interface supports a full debrief of the simulation, a timeline of events and all student inputs. To make training easier, debrief begins automatically upon scenario completion.
Learn more about how integrating a driving simulator will help your training program by contacting a VirTra specialist.