Axon President Luke Larson on how virtual reality is democratizing police training
As VR technology improves, complex scenarios can be developed that provide real value for officer training, as well as improve community engagement
Training is the foundation of police operations. Evidence-based and effective training is necessary for new officers before assuming duty, and continuous professional training is necessary to maintain the perishable skills LEOs need for the job. Especially important are the decision-making and critical thinking skills officers need when responding to individuals in crisis.
Face-to-face, real-time training is not always efficient or available to agencies large and small, as it requires pulling personnel from field duty and assembling training locations, trainers and other logistics. How can an agency train personnel over a variety of shifts and with physical hosting accommodations in mind?
In this episode of Policing Matters, host Jim Dudley speaks with Axon President Luke Larson about the cutting-edge technology that is bringing relevant, realistic and efficient virtual training to law enforcement. Luke joined Axon in 2008 and has filled a variety of executive and management roles before being appointed president in April 2015. Prior to joining Axon, Luke served two tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer and was awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor on his first tour.
SPECIAL COVERAGE: POLICE TRAINING IN AN AGE OF REFORM
- How Sacramento PD is using VR to enhance training
- Police departments are using new tech to practice communications, de-escalation
- Police de-escalation training project a team effort
- How police training is being reformed
- Law enforcement takes some cues from the fast-food business
- Every cop can ‘reform’ police training
- Why training reform must start in the academy
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