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Mental Health Training for Police: An Economic Argument

Published on June 24, 2020

Mental Health Training for Police: An Economic Argument
  It’s obvious that homelessness and mental health are huge issues in America. But let’s take a minute and set aside the enormous human toll. Just looking at your budgets, there’s an extremely persuasive economic argument for offering officers better training to deal with calls where there many be a mental health issue involved. Investment … Continued

New Academic Research Offers Insight on Improving De-Escalation Skills with MILO Range Simulators

Published on June 23, 2020

New Academic Research Offers Insight on Improving De-Escalation Skills with MILO Range Simulators
  Simulation is an innovative branch of educational technology and a successful medium for teaching critical skills in high-tempo—and oftentimes dangerous—professions. In a variety of settings, simulation education—broadly defined as “a bridge between classroom learning and real-life…experience” by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare—can be used not only for learning core competencies, maintaining skill proficiency, and … Continued

Using Simulation Training to Mitigate Implicit Bias in Public Safety

Published on June 11, 2020

Using Simulation Training to Mitigate Implicit Bias in Public Safety
  Nationwide, the actions of law enforcement agencies have come under increased scrutiny. In state and local governments, many legislative bodies are introducing bills to mandate implicit bias and de-escalation training for law enforcement personnel. As an example, a bill approved unanimously in the state senate in Michigan describes implicit bias training as “an evidence-based … Continued

Traffic Simulation Gives Insights for Highway Safety Wins

Published on June 8, 2020

Traffic Simulation Gives Insights for Highway Safety Wins
  A recent driving and traffic simulation study from the University of Minnesota suggests several cost-effective ways to address rural highway safety at the intersection The rural road safety crisis is invisible to many Americans. Only about 20 percent of the US population lives in rural areas, and only about one-third of all miles driven … Continued

“Train as you fight!” – Closing the Loop in Immersive Training

Published on May 11, 2020

“Train as you fight!” – Closing the Loop in Immersive Training
  Part 3: Imagine this conversation between a professional runner and their athletic trainer: Athletic trainer: “you may get a broken ankle towards the end of a race but as a professional, you’ll be expected to finish.” Athlete: “well, if it’s at the end I suppose…” Athletic trainer: “Right. You’re tough. So the way we’ll … Continued

“Train as you fight!” — The Hidden Impact of Real Faces in Immersive Training

Published on May 4, 2020

“Train as you fight!” — The Hidden Impact of Real Faces in Immersive Training
  Part 2: Part 1 of this series helped explain the physiological importance of simulation training with real faces displaying true emotion in high fidelity, versus trying to trick the sophisticated brain into thinking VR avatars are real. The method of training with simulation has been widely used for more than two decades and helps … Continued

Police Homeless Policy: Training & Outreach

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Police Homeless Policy: Training & Outreach
  Homelessness is a problem in every community. When you don’t have a clear police homeless policy in place, your department can become a lightning rod waiting to be struck. Officer Daniel McDonald (of the Tampa PD) plays much of this out in his Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Program (and … Continued