Queensland Police Taps Virtual Reality to Train Officers

It is evident there are a lot of use cases for VR technology we have yet to discover. Rather than just for consumers, virtual reality can also be helpful in terms of science, education, and even law enforcement. The Queensland police will start using VR goggle to train agents in the fight against terrorism. Moreover, there will be a dedicated “scenario village’ complete with many different locations for the agents to explore. It is an interesting use case for this unique technology.

Queensland Police Embraces VR for Training Exercises

It is quite interesting to learn how law enforcement officials look at VR these days. Most people dismiss virtual reality as a niche market with very little added value. The Queensland police, on the other hand, things rather highly of virtual reality. This is especially true as far as the ongoing fight against terrorism is concerned. Training for when things are about to go awry is very difficult using the current training technology. In virtual reality, a whole list of new opportunities can be explored.

More specifically, the Queensland police will train in VR at the Westgate complex in Wacol. This location is a counterterrorism hub designed specifically for such training exercises. There is even a scenario village with its own shopping mall, pub, and caravan park to explore. There’s also a “simunition” building, which will be mainly used for drills. It is this building which will also house a VR training suite for the police officials to train in.

By relying on VR technology, Queensland police officials hope to explore many different training scenarios. Moreover, the decisions made by the squad will directly impact how the “story” will unfold further. It is important to offer some degree of realism when training, especially when it comes to terrorism. It is evident the Westgate complex is a big step forward for the Queensland police, as they will be far better equipped to handle stressful situations when the need arises.

The emergence of virtual reality technology in law enforcement is nothing to take lightly. Whereas most people consider VR to be consumer-grade technology, it is a lot more than just that. With the proper training scenarios in place, it can become one of the most valuable tools law enforcement agencies have at their disposal in the face of real-life threats. While it won’t replace the real thing anytime soon, it is a more than valid approach to dealing with terrorists and other dangerous individuals.

If you liked this article make sure to follow us on twitter @thevrbase and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with the latest VR trends and news.

By Mark Arguinbaev

Mark is a 28 year old internet entrepreneur. He is a bitcoin enthusiast and a technology addict. He loves writing and educating readers about the newest tech trends.