In recent years, the call for police reform has led to a need for more refined police training systems. In order to create a safe space for officers to train and learn from mistakes, several police departments around the country have adopted new technologies to help provide a safe space for officers to learn.
The Erie Police Department will soon be using one of these technologies via exclusive virtual reality training software, according to the Town of Erie.
Ti Training, a law enforcement training technology company based in Golden, has donated a $50,000 training simulator to the Erie Police Department in order to give officers exposure to a multitude of scenarios and relevant training schemes. In a virtual scenario, officers can practice communication, de-escalation, and problem solving all while keeping citizens and bystanders safe.
“This training tool will allow members of the Erie Police Department to train at any given time or day, and at our own facility, to ensure officers are prepared to make split-second use-of-force decisions and practice de-escalation techniques,” said Police Sgt. and Firearms Instructor Aaron Haddox. “The Erie Police Department is very grateful to Ti Training for an amazing piece of equipment that will benefit the department and community for years to come.”
As a chance to give back to the local community, Ti Technologies chooses one agency each year to receive the training equipment, according to Ti Technologies Vice President Todd Brown.
Callbox Training, a law enforcement training center focused on ethical communication, nominated the Erie Police Department to receive the training equipment this year. According to Callbox Training Executive Director Tyronne Campbell, “Erie PD is as revolutionary as this equipment. It made sense to match a progressive agency who is actively making changes to equipment that can propel them even further.”
The simulation package will include a library with hundreds of scenarios, a high-definition projector, computer, speakers, cameras, and virtual guns. Officers will interact with “live-action video-based scenarios” that are “based on law enforcement and peer-reviewed research that reflect similar situations in the real world,” according to Brown.
Amber Luttrell, the spokesperson for the Erie Police Department, believes the new equipment to be an exciting addition to officer training.
“The simulator will give visitors an idea of what officers face every day in terms of spilt decision-making, and it will allow us to share state-of-the-art training with other smaller departments who cannot afford a sophisticated system,” said Luttrell.