Providence police to use virtual reality to train officers

This is a file photo of a taser. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence police said Wednesday that new training for officers will include virtual reality and taser stimulator scenarios.

“Providence police are the first and only department in Rhode Island and largest department in New England to utilize this new technology,” said Lindsay Lague, spokesperson for the Providence Police Department.

The equipment was released by Axon Technologies in May.

Providence police is also the only department in Rhode Island to use body-worn cameras throughout the ranks of its entire department, Lague added.

During a press conference Wednesday, police will demonstrate how the new training will work.

According to Lague, the virtual reality technology will allow officers to practice a range of real-life scenarios:

  • Scenario-based training focusing on mental illness and substance abuse
  • Academy training that allows instructors to assign officers a web-based training that can be performed at any time and location, such as responding to a call for domestic violence
  • Simulator training for both firearms and the newest and most advanced Taser that will be issued to the police department in November

No further information was immediately released.

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