Virtual Reality Assisting Police Training For Safer Interactions

 In #zerobarriers, Motivational Monday
A Saint Paul police officer interacting with a young man who has intellectual delay on a playground.

Police are using new technology to help train officers about interacting with people with intellectual delays, mental illness, and autism. Photo Credit: New York Times

Last month we talked about police adding non-lethal training to better serve the population. I will share it again here in case you missed it.  Now advances in technology are allowing police to use virtual reality to simulate interactions with someone with mental illness or intellectually delayed. Check out this article on Disability Scoop here. Yet another step in the right direction.  In 2017, the Saint Paul, Minnesota Police department debuted a new mobile app called Vital. Read about that app and what Saint Paul hopes to improve by using it here.

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