VR has been used in various applications to help our communities and government. This includes Oculus working with schools and companies creating active shooting simulations to inform educators. This time a company called Street Smarts VR has teamed up with the NYPD to help train police officers in active shooting simulations.
In the video above you can see how police officers are training in a virtual environment using virtual reality technology to mimic active live shooting scenarios.
The goal for Street Smart VR is to provides users with a realistic experience simulating a variety of police-citizen scenarios. They combine advanced motion capture technology with content developed from real police encounters (Domestic Violence, Motor Vehicle Stop, etc.), using body camera footage and user feedback from law enforcement officials.
The company claims that the benefits of using virtual reality is that it provides realistic stress, on-site access, no fee per usage, and tailored content based on scenarios.
The virtual reality training experience is currently in the pilot phase to train the NYPD officers with the goals to roll out nationwide and help other law enforcement offices.