Danbury police explore virtual reality in officer training

Danbury — Virtual reality isn’t part of Danbury police officer training, but it can be.

Axon Network, a technology and weapons development company, demonstrated to the Danbury Police Department on Thursday how virtual reality and simulator technology can better prepare officers for complex situations that require critical thinking and de-escalation.

“It’s really very realistic,” said Mayor Dean Esposito after trying out one of Axon’s training modules.

After donning the virtual reality headset, Esposito twice immersed himself in a scenario involving a schizophrenic man—first from the man’s point of view, and then from the perspective of an off-duty police officer who confronts him.

Virtual reality is one of the latest products Axon is working on to improve law enforcement and the safety of officers and the community. The company began making stun guns in 1993 as Taser International, before moving into body cameras in the mid-2000s.

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