Launch of virtual reality training system for the sheriff of San Mateo Co.

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA – The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has introduced a new virtual reality training system called the VirTra Simulator, which is intended to help respond to active shooters, domestic violence and other other “high stress” situations.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is the first agency in California to use the simulator, allowing law enforcement to train in real-life scenarios and move between locations like a movie theater or a courthouse. The simulator includes five large screens for a 300 degree training environment, as well as a 4K projector.

“We are excited to have this new training tool to help our new deputies develop the best skills and prepare for the field,” said Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos. “This training is also beneficial for our current deputies and helps keep their skills sharp and up to date. I’m also pleased to see that it will significantly improve our use of force and de-escalation tactics.”

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The simulator results are based on real-time law enforcement actions and even recreates some psychological stressors like high heart rate and high levels of adrenaline.

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