The traditional type of training that police officers typically receive does not reflect the reality of violence that they face in the field. Younger, less experienced officers are murdered at a higher rate than more experienced officers. The acquisition of experience can be accelerated with practical training. Still, law enforcement agencies primarily use old training methodologies for reasons of convenience and economics, despite case law requiring agencies to provide more effective training. Traditional methods of firearms and defensive tactics training, in particular, have been shown to be ineffective. Immersive scenarios in which specific responses to realistically modelled threat cues are rehearsed and trained into a stimulus-response reaction have been shown to be more effective than traditional training methods.
While the threat and risk assessment will vary across the globe there central threads that run across all police and law enforcement training; the requirement for accurate assessment, complete system training, judgmental and decision making as well the conventional accuracy training.
With increasingly stretched budgets and time allocations, the role of firearms simulators in the training of police and other law enforcement officials is set to rise. Well developed integrated firearms training programmes that reflect the operational need are of critical importance. For example, non localised video training modules that don’t accurately reflect the day to day environment of the police officers, create a false training narrative which will hinder, and potentially endanger, the officer when out on the streets.