Virtual Training slowly becoming a reality for law enforcement

The New York Tactical Conference and Expo showed off some of it's latest tech today, including virtual reality training.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 5:54 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 2:37 PM

It was a full house at the Turning Stone as law enforcement from all over the northeast are checking out some of the latest products and technology in the field that make their jobs safer and more effective. That includes Meggitt Virtual Training Systems.

Jeremy Combs from Meggitt Training Systems says, "We have scenarios that range from active shooters to traffic stops, domestic violence situations, impaired individuals, and anything in between. So anything that an officer would encounter typically on a daily basis would be included in the system. These situations what they do is they place officers in uncomfortable situations. It takes them out of their comfort zone and induces stress. So every situation they can do in a virtual environment will better help them respond to it in real life and make it not so unfamiliar when they do encounter it. "

The benefit of this is the more situations an officer is involved in in training they are better equipped to handle it in real life. Another benefit is after the simulation is completed officers can go back and see what mistakes were made, where their firearm was pointed when raised, as well as where the bullets went if shots were fired.

With Tech as amazing as this, it’s not surprising to find that business is booming.

"New York has been a very good state to me. We do a lot of business in the state of New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Right here in the general area, I have five or six brand new systems. So what we do upon the purchase of a new system we send an installer and a technician out to the site and they work with the police department for two days, trains them how to use it and installs it at the same time."

Combs also says it's important to keep these systems up to date.

"We frequently new scenarios and marksmanship content so that there is always fresh content that the officers can train on. With this particular system, the officers also have the ability to create their own custom training scenarios so that they can train on their own home turf."

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