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DATE & TIME: 02/08/2021 @ 8:30 hours

LOCATION: Gage County Sheriff’s Office         

OFFENSE: Training


The Gage County Sheriff's Office purchased a virtual reality training system to augment and enhance training for deputies and corrections officers on critical incidents and de-escalation training.

This immersive sensory experience provides a digital reality for the trainee that displays for the deputy or officer a scenario from several different perspectives.  Depending on the actions taken by the trainee, the digital display provides various outcomes.

A deputy or corrections officer can get a "real feel" during the digital scenario they would not be able to get from a written course, a video, or even in-person training with live actors.  An added bonus is the safety of conducting a training "in-house" and without requiring physical contact between trainees and/or other actors.

This type of training is cost effective, since it can be used by each individual in a safe and secure environment, while on duty, reducing the cost for overtime that occurs during a conventional, in person training session.  Within the current health safety climate, training is, at times, difficult to obtain and/or may be cancelled.  This training system provides a training platform and program that can be accessed 24 hours a day, which is ideal for an agency that is operational around-the-clock, 7 days a week, all year long.

Virtual training is a 21st century solution to training, however this is a collateral training tool and may be used to augment other training requirements, but will not completely replace in person / live training courses.

Investigator Tim Hanson #90310

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903