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NCJ Number: 156174 Find in a Library
Title: Virtual Reality: The Future of Law Enforcement Training
Journal: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin  Volume:64  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1995)  Pages:7-12
Author(s): J S Hormann
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
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Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To be effective, police training needs to be as realistic as possible. Virtual reality can provide the type of training needed by today's law enforcement officers by allowing trainees to immerse their senses in a three-dimensional computer-generated environment.
Abstract: Users usually view these computer images through a head- mounted device that restricts their vision to two small video monitors. The computer can change the environment based on the user's reaction. Users may also be able to wield virtual weapons against virtual enemies. Some researchers are now experimenting with tactile feedback devices that provide users with a simulated sense of touch. Virtual reality offers law enforcement benefits in the areas of pursuit driving, firearms training, high-risk incident management, incident re-creation, and crime scene processing. Some barriers to virtual reality training include the slow pace at which current computers process large amounts of graphic information, cumbersome equipment, and possible negative psychological effects on users. 15 notes
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Computer aided instruction; Criminology; Police training equipment; Police training innovations
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