How Police Training Will Change in 2022

Major changes and improvements to police training methods are on the horizon for 2022.

Paulina Tucker
November 10, 2022

Changes to Police Use of Force Training in 2022

Major changes are planned for 2022 when it comes to police training.

Unbiased policing has come to the forefront of the conversation in recent years, with an emphasis on use of force, de-escalation, implicit bias training, and racial profiling. As Apex Officer has carefully mapped out procedures it's discovered ways to train law enforcement officers and correctional officers to act in emergency situations by using real-time scenarios through virtual reality apps.

As we reported last year on the New Police Training Methods, this year we are diving into how changes in use of force and de-escalation training for law enforcement will shape out for the 2022 calendar year.

VR Training Simulators Improve Police Training

Without adequate funding and an environment that can reenact potentially threatening situations realistically, police officers are left to train only with the most basic of scenarios. Virtual reality training platforms like Apex Officer, the leading provider of VR training for police departments and law enforcement agencies, allows officers to virtually train for thousands of potentially threatening situations in a safe and controlled environment that is not often provided to police agencies due to a lack of funding and unrealistic reenactment abilities.

An example of a law enforcement agency taking proactive steps to provide enhanced training is Monmouth County Sheriff's Office in New Jersey. In a recent media event hosted by Monmouth County, County Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone stated that:

“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are once again providing the highest quality training and resources to our local law enforcement officers through the state-of-the-art Apex Officer training program,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “The Apex Officer training program is an innovative way to prepare our officers for scenarios they may encounter in the field. I commend Sheriff Shaun Golden and Acting Prosecutor Lori Linskey for spearheading this program.”

Apex Officer's virtual reality training simulator effectively helps law enforcement officers to improve the rational decision-making abilities needed in explosive situations that are often faced by police. With no threat of injury, this training is an opportunity for officers to train realistically in a more cost-effective manner. The selection of scenarios for this training will help to safely guide the inexperienced while forcing the experts to push their limits even further resulting in more competency all around.

How Use of Force Training Will Change in 2022

VR use of force training simulators provide police departments and law enforcement agencies unique training advantages that can focus on the use of force continuum. Most law enforcement agencies have policies that guide their use of force. These policies describe a escalating series of actions an officer may take to resolve a situation.

Use of Force training simulators like Apex Officer create immersive virtual reality training software that prepares law enforcement officers for potential violent encounters with citizens by teaching them how to respond within lawful bounds while also demonstrating the significant advantages of having less force in their repertoire. Additionally, use of force simulators teach officers on how they should approach scenarios in order to avoid using deadly force.

The virtual reality software was made specifically by police officers and experienced virtual reality experts, so the experience will be as close to real life as possible. Police instructors can also match what they learn through Apex Officer with their own team members' strengths and weaknesses to help them improve by pinpointing individual faults early enough, but still before it has a chance to make a mistake in a real-life scenario.


As we approach the end of the 2021 calendar year, we will see more law enforcement agencies publicly sharing their use of force and overall police training changes and improvements for the 2022 year. If you're interested in learning more about how Apex Officer and VR training simulators can assist your training needs, you can schedule a free Apex Officer product demonstration today.

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Paulina Tucker

Paulina Tucker is a journalist focused on police and law enforcement news, technology, and training.