This program seeks applications from states, institutions of higher education with campus-based law enforcement entities, local governments, and federally recognized Indian Tribes to implement customized, multiparticipant, fully immersive, virtual and/or augmented reality-based training technology. Applicants should describe how the proposed training will improve participants’ de-escalation skills while enhancing responses to individuals in crisis, including people with intellectual and/or development disabilities and individuals experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis, as a means to facilitate effective and safer interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The goal of the program is to implement emerging technologies utilized in scenario-based police training that is evidence based and designed to ensure the safety of police officers, individuals they come in contact with, and the community at large. This technology should be used and coupled with an evidence-based curriculum, such as BJA’s Crisis Response and Intervention Training (CRIT) curriculum.
Although the use of technology in law enforcement training is not new, this is a novel program that seeks to support law enforcement utilization of fully immersive, multiparticipant virtual reality technology specifically designed to support training in de-escalation techniques.
Objectives and Deliverables: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/O-BJA-2023-171767.pdf#page=8
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