Phoenix — The Phoenix Police Department is one of the first law enforcement agencies in the country to provide training for officers in the field using virtual reality.
The departments are affiliated AxonA technology company that creates public safety tools for simulating real emergency calls using virtual reality headsets.
Chris Chin, vice president of immersive technology at Axon, said the technology can simulate scenarios like domestic violence.
“There are six degrees of freedom of movement in virtual space, interacting with characters, situations, and scenes,” said Chin. KTAR News 92.3FM..
He added that the company wanted to make the simulation as realistic as possible for executives, so they found a way to make their weapon versions available in the simulation.
“In reality, we have a taser device and a Glock sidearm that can be used in real life in a scenario and deployed just like in real life,” says Chin. “It’s as real as possible in an immersive setting.”
Chin says he uses a version of TASER 7 with a virtual reality cartridge inside, so executives can use their own tools.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Axon’s CRO said the company’s mission was “to save lives and abolish bullets in public security.”
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Police Chief Jeri Williams also attended the press conference, saying the feedback received from police officers was promising.
“81.4% of participants found that at least one of the virtual reality training scenarios was ready to adapt their approach to the associated call,” Gallego said.
Also, according to a survey conducted by the National League of Cities, 59% of participants found that at least one of the modules encouraged them to look at things from a different perspective.
“What I’ve heard from officers is a much more effective training for them, they really remember the experience and accept it when they go to the door to answer the call for domestic violence. That’s it, “Garego said.
Williams explained that this technology has helped develop critical thinking and escalation skills that executives use when they are in the field.
“It allows the officer to be trained and coordinate how they respond to and react to situations and scenarios, and everything from domestic violence to mental health and behavioral health. “She said.
Gallego and Williams emphasized that the convenience of technology allows police officers to be trained more quickly.
The two said the technique could be brought to the Phoenix police station, making it easier for police officers to be trained.
“The city of Phoenix is over 500 square miles,” Galego said. “Many of our officers are on the ground far from our training academy. Being able to go out and train at the police station means you don’t have to let police officers rest your phone. It also means that you can train more often. “