07.05.19

New York police force uses VR to train for real-life shootings

Virtual reality is being as a training tool for officers in New York, the tests began last month and several hundred officers ave already taken the course so far. This is the first time the NYPD has used VR for training purposes.

In a video created by local news station ABC7, it shows the tests that took place in the facility in Brooklyn.

The VR simulation puts police offices in a situation where they have to respond to a scenario involving an active shooter in a public environment. Multiple officers can use the system at the same time and are able to communicate with each other throughout the simulation.

The training system is provided by V-Armed and Louisiana State University; funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security.