(New Castle, DE 19720) The New Castle County Division of Police are introducing the Axon Virtual Reality training suite into their training regime. The acquisition of these virtual reality headsets will allow the Division to deliver realistic empathy, de-escalation, and use of force training in a safe and efficient manner.
Virtual Reality provides a training environment that heightens senses and introduces officers to stressors that are hard to replicate outside of a real-world incident. The initial training uses interactive scenarios to focus on safely interacting and empathizing with citizens who are suicidal, schizophrenic, autistic, hearing impaired or those suffering from Alzheimer’s or Post Traumatic Stress. Future training modules will place officers in situations that will continue to develop their de-escalation techniques and also provide them with realistic use of force situations.
The implementation of this training continues New Castle County’s tradition of providing officers with first-class training.