Since 2017 Counter Terrorism Protective Security Operations (PSO) based in the Metropolitan Police, have been exploring the potential benefits virtual reality (VR) technology can bring to police training and operations. This resulted in the establishment of an internal VR production capability and the ViRtual team - Virtual Immersive Reality for Terrorism Understanding Awareness & Learning. As well as identifying potential applications and creating counter terrorism VR training packages, the ViRtual team is dedicated to developing an impartial evidence base for the effectiveness of VR within policing - compared to traditional methods. This two year research project has been commissioned to create and test a counter terrorism search training package for new recruits, whilst evidencing its effectiveness and how it is received by participants.
Pragmatic (Mixed) Research - Qualitative and quantitative research - measuring participant engagement, confidence and knowledge retention (compared to current employed methods).
A full research proposal and plan is available on request (please contact PS Kyle Hardcastle).
Available on request (please contact PS Kyle Hardcastle).