GCN: Virtual Reality Scenarios Help DHS Research Arrest-Related Fatalities

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security joined with George Mason University, and the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development InstituteTM—a federally funded research and development center operated by MITRE—to conduct a Use of Force Simulation Experiment (SIMEX).

The SIMEX, conducted at MITRE’s National Security Experimentation Lab, utilized virtual reality (VR) to emulate officer and civilian encounters within a simulated urban outdoor setting. The results of the study will provide law enforcement organizations evidence-based data to examine and evolve policies and procedures; develop Concept of Operations (CONOPS) and Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) for operations; and examine current technologies and configurations.

GCN: Virtual Reality Scenarios Help DHS Research Arrest-Related Fatalities