Schenectady police partner with virtual-reality company for training program

Sam Hesler & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 09, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: February 09, 2021 12:49 PM

A Schenectady-based virtual reality company is working with the Schenectady Police Department to practice and improve techniques for safely getting control in tense situations.

Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford says de-escalating tense situations is often a daily occurrence for police officers, and a Schenectady-based company is looking to help officers improve their techniques.

Catapult Games is collaborating with the department to offer virtual reality training, and it gives officers opportunities they aren't afforded in real life.

During this six-month development phase, the company says they're using real-life scenarios from across the country.

They're also using community feedback, ride-alongs with officers, and some direct examples from the department as their main guide.

The chief is hopeful that the program's impact will be a two-way street, offering the community a unique glimpse into what it's like for officers making split-second decisions in tense situations.

Hear more about how the police chief hopes this program will help the city by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.


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