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On-demand webinar: Beyond shoot-don’t shoot: The role of VR in police training and community policing

Find out how virtual reality training delivers de-escalation and high-stress simulation training that not only can better train your officers but can also be used to inform your community

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While some cities are currently calling for police defunding, what has become clear over recent months is that elected officials, the media and activists are all aware of the importance of police training from day one of the academy and every day in an officer’s career. Often used to create immersive gaming environments, virtual reality technology is now being used to train officers to work through dangerous situations in safety in a way that meets community demands for transparency into police training.

View this webinar to find out how virtual reality training delivers de-escalation and high-stress simulation training that not only can better train your officers but can also be used to inform your community.


Here’s what some had to say in a post-event survey about what they liked best about the presentation:

“The varied perspectives of the presenters helped make this presentation understandable and credible.”

“I appreciated that the three presenters were able to offer their specialized knowledge that presented a thorough explanation of VR’s benefits in general, specifically applicable to LE, and from the technology perspective.”

“The different ways to utilize the VR systems for officers and community members, which would supersede the use of 2D systems.”

“I like the ability of utilizing the VR training to enhance officer performance.”

“Good information about emerging technology that will become important for the future of police training.”


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From Left to Right, Sergeant (Ret.) Robert Bemis, Chief David L. Lash and Anna Queiroz

Sergeant (Ret.) Robert Bemis retired in 2017 as a supervisor in the Operational Training Division at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. With over 30 years of law enforcement experience, Sgt. Bemis spent more than a decade as a trainer specializing in officer safety, self-defense and civil disorder tactics. Sgt. Bemis is currently the Director of Training at Wrap Reality, a virtual reality training solution for law enforcement and corrections.

Chief David L. Lash started his career at the Northern York County Regional Police Department in January 1993. During his tenure, he has served in the Patrol Division and has held various positions within the agency, including the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Deputy Chief of Police. In 2020, he became Chief of Police. Chief Lash is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (class #278).

Anna Queiroz, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, in charge of projects investigating the use of new media in education and training in the U.S, LATAM and Europe. Her research focuses on virtual reality and technology’s cognitive and affective implications. She has been actively working in education since 2005, teaching and conducting social and research projects. Her research has been informing researchers, governments, and the industry targeting technologies in training and education. She also advises academia and industry projects. Anna holds a Ph.D. and a masters in cognitive psychology and post-graduate degrees in business, behavioral medicine, and education (Harvard).