NYPD trains in VR for the first time

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Members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) recently spent a week training in virtual reality (VR).

ABC7 reported on the week-long pilot programme, during which several hundred officers undertook active shooter training drills in VR at a facility in Brooklyn.

Louisiana State University and VR simulation training provider V-Armed ran the programme, which was funded through the Department of Homeland Security.

NYPD counterterrorism deputy chief John O’Connell told ABC7 that VR training “adds another whole component” to preparing for active shooter situations.

Jason Krause of Louisiana State University said that the aim is to take the programme nationwide, so other police departments across the US will get the opportunity to run their own pilots next.

Policing is one of a number of areas of law enforcement and defence in the US in which VR is being used for training. The US Army is utilising a mixed reality platform to make sense of the internet of battlefield things.

Image credit: ABC7