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

May 21, 2021

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security joined with George Mason University, and the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute—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.

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