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The Potential of Virtual Reality for Police Training Under Stress: A SWOT Analysis

Giessing, Laura

In: Arble, Eamonn Patrick ; Arnetz, Bengt B. (Hrsgg.): Interventions, Training, and Technologies for Improved Police Well-Being and Performance. Hershey, PA, Information Science Reference June 2021, pp. 102-124 . ISBN 978-1-7998-6820-0

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To prepare for critical incidents on duty, police officers need to acquire the skills and tactics in realistic environments so that they transfer to high-stress circumstances. To bridge the gap between empirical research and applied practice, the present chapter informs about training concepts within the ecological dynamics framework that effectively promotes performance under stress. Specifically, scenario-based police training is critically discussed by identifying research gaps and challenges in the current practice. Virtual reality (VR) is introduced as a promising tool to overcome these challenges in police training and research. The aim of the present chapter is to inform, update, and improve researchers', police trainers', and curriculum developers' knowledge of VR as a tool to address the need for representative stress training while acknowledging its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.

Document type: Book Section
Editor: Arble, Eamonn Patrick ; Arnetz, Bengt B.
Title of Book: Interventions, Training, and Technologies for Improved Police Well-Being and Performance
Publisher: Information Science Reference
Place of Publication: Hershey, PA
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2021 07:48
Date: June 2021
ISBN: 978-1-7998-6820-0
Page Range: pp. 102-124
Faculties / Institutes: The Faculty of Behavioural and Cultural Studies > Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft
DDC-classification: 150 Psychology
Additional Information: This work was supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (grant number: 833672). The content reflects only the author’s view. Research Executive Agency and European Commission is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.
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