Real combat and the real danger is nothing compared with the training environment. Sitting in the middle of a firefight, staying calm, making the right decisions and communicating effectively with those around you is not easy.
Deadly force training is essential because it helps officers understand what happens when they pull out their guns and shoot at suspects or deploy a taser in a busy environment. It also teaches them how to deal with different scenarios, such as when a suspect has a weapon. Key to any training is the ability to escalate pressure and stress, and simulators enable this to be done repeatedly and accurately. While it’s important that officers are trained in the use of equipment correctly, it is also critical that they learn how to handle themselves in stressful situations that mirror what they are likely to encounter on the streets.
No amount of shooting at two-dimensional targets or firing lasers can prepare you for the reality of real combat. The development of augmented (AR), mixed (AR) and virtual reality (VR) such as BATTLEVR is the long term solution to the pressures of the modern military training environment.