DATE & TIME: 02/08/2021 @ 8:30 hours
LOCATION: Gage County Sheriff’s Office
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