Topics about VR and Police

This page introduces relevant areas of application of Virtual Reality in the law enforcement domain. Get informed about the potential and current possibilities.

Training in VR

Virtual Reality can be utilised in a beneficial way in police training for multiple reasons. Firstly, VR has a vast potential and almost infinite possibilities with regards to the creation of scenarios. Secondly, VR allows the creation of scenarios that could be difficult to create in real life, both due to financial concerns, but also for ethical reasons (e.g. children, dogs or bombs cannot be included in real-life training). In addition, VR training allows for repetition rates and more frequent training. This leads to a better retention of knowledge and a better learning effect.

Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation in VR

Virtual Reality is advantageous for CSI as well. The technology allows you to virtually walk through a crime scene by 3D scanning the environment. This means, that multiple specialists from all over the world can investigate the crime scene without having to travel or having to preserve the real crime scene for a long period of time. Additionally, it can be used for legal proceedings, for example during a court case. The jury can visit the crime scene and receive explanations about the sequence of events before making a judgment. This contributes to better, more evidence-based decisions and judgements.

Resilience and VR

Virtual Reality is an excellent tool to support in building empathy, self-reflection and resilience. This can help to make policing kinder, and can depict experiences from the perspective of others. Also, it has been proven that VR exposure training can treat PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), by allowing police officers to confront feared situations in a safe setting. This can be particularly helpful for police officers that have experienced a traumatic incident to get back on duty.   

Surveillance and Observation in VR

Virtual Reality can be utilised to train police officers to work with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). The experience how to fly UAVs in a virtual environment enables training sessions without the risk of crashing the drone. Also, the creation of training systems for where they film a virtual environment while flying in an empty space is currently developed. Training with UAVs and VR can be especially useful when training how to maneuver UAVs safely around persons and objects, without risking damage to actual persons or objects.  

Mission Planning in VR

Real environments can be reconstructed in Virtual Reality to plan difficult or dangerous missions. This is useful if to plan and train an intervention in a certain, known terrain. It enables the police to practise incident management and the logistical aspects of emergency planning. It can also create familiarity of police officers in the area of the future intervention. 

Interrogation and Communication in VR

Another useful way of applying Virtual Reality is the interrogation of special target groups. Safe environments can be created for interviews and that can even be personalised for the each individual. Children, a vulnerable target group are more likely to report to virtual characters or robots in comparison to human interviewers according to studies. 

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