De-escalation of Force Training with Fully Immersive VR Technology
InVeris Training Solutions released details of its new advanced training solution – the Virtual Reality Decisions and Tactics (VR-DT or VERDICT) – on 1 March, further revealing that California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (CA POST), which oversees training statewide, will serve as the solution’s launch customer.
VERDICT uses the latest fully immersive VR technology for training de-escalation of force in a wide variety of critical, real-world situations. It was selected by CA POST last August, following a competitive procurement process for its VR Force Options Simulator requirement. InVeris will deliver 50 systems over a six-month period as part of a $2.6 million contract award, with the option for up to $5 million in additional systems and related equipment. Approximately half the systems were due to be delivered and installed by 1 March. InVeris will supply 100 scenarios with branching options initially, plus 10 state-mandated scenarios per year of the contract. In addition, a powerful scenario authoring tool will enable customer-driven content creation to further enhance realism, using situations and settings reflective of California.
“California POST’s selection of InVeris’ new VR-DT reinforces our company’s position as the world leader in law enforcement simulation training, now delivered via virtual reality,” commented Andrea Czop, VP of Strategy, Sales and Marketing. “The VR-DT will put California law enforcement on the leading edge of force-option simulation training, thanks to the unique immersive capabilities of virtual reality.”
VR-DT enables law enforcement agencies, as well as private and military security forces, to maximise readiness and correctly educate students for field experiences. The system combines state-of-the-art hardware, scalable software and a content library that is always increasing. A variety of officer weapons and equipment can be accommodated, including simulated pistols, rifles, shotguns, batons, TASERs, OC sprays and flashlights. The adjustable and modular system works anywhere, from one to two-person sessions.
“The VR-DT builds on nearly four decades of experience designing projection-based systems, but provides even greater realism,” explained Eric Perez, InVeris’ Director of Virtual Systems Sales. “Two officers training in a tactical scenario will benefit from their own viewpoints and spatial orientation, while still being tested on their verbal and physical actions. Moreover, after-action review of decision-making in such situations will be enhanced, thanks to the precise tracking and playback of trainee movements in their respective virtual spaces.”
Using the latest wireless, high-definition headsets, with 360° fields of view and weapons tracking, officers train in fully immersive environments that put them in the action. The ability to conduct a traffic stop, intervene in a domestic altercation from two perspectives, or create distance and angles between students and move to cover, are all enhanced with the VR-DT. A lightweight, fully customised laptop allows instructors to influence the scenarios, environments and weapons.
Depending on trainee actions, instructors can branch the scenarios to escalate or de-escalate the situation, then review trainee decision-making skills to ensure proper tactics are used from any angle during after-action review. These virtual environments and ambient features increase trainee psychological immersion and focus when dealing with the situation at hand. By increasing the immersions, the trainee’s mental recall is heightened, thus enhancing the overall training experience.
Development of the VR-DT is an evolution of InVeris’ renowned Firearms Training Systems (FATS) and recognises the increased focus and scrutiny on law enforcement training. Community, state and national leaders are concentrating on issues like de-escalation, crisis intervention and active shooters. The VR-DT will help enhance the conveyance of proper decision-making skills to protect lives in California and beyond.