Axon Virtual Reality Training
Law enforcement agencies are using Axon’s Virtual Reality (VR) Training to build community trust by helping officers de-escalate potentially volatile situations. The training technology is designed to help officers interact more effectively with people suffering from mental illness or similar crises.
“A lot of what we’re focusing on in our scenarios addresses the humanities in policing and training officers how best to respond and act on those,” says Robert Murphy, Axon Senior Director of Virtual Reality. “It’s about identifying what’s going on and de-escalating a situation through words and body language. Not only what you say but how you say it.”
Axon VR training courses include schizophrenia, autism, Alzheimer’s/dementia, suicidal ideation, hard of hearing, PTSI, peer intervention and domestic violence. Modules will be released in coming months addressing profound agitation, substance use disorder and officer suicide awareness. Axon plans to release new modules on an ongoing, monthly basis, providing agencies with a library of training content.
Axon’s VR training unit can be more affordable than traditional training methods, and is easy to set up, scale, and deploy anywhere, without huge time or space requirements. Experience shows that VR training can be more engaging than classroom or 2D screen simulations and doesn’t require as much open space.
As more communities call for police reform, law enforcement departments must be better prepared to build trust and keep the peace. Axon VR training is designed specifically as an engaging, proactive tool for effecting positive change in our communities.
Axon is a network of devices, apps and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer. With a mission of protecting life, Axon technologies give customers the confidence, focus and time they need to keep their communities safe. Axon products impact every aspect of a public safety officer’s day-to-day experience, with the goal of helping everyone get home safe.
Axon works hard for those who put themselves in harm’s way for all of us. To date, more than 254,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with the Axon Network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at www.axon.com or by calling (800) 978-2737. Axon is a global company with headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz. and global software engineering hub in Seattle, Wash., as well as additional offices in Australia, Canada, Finland, Vietnam, the UK and the Netherlands.
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