Police Chief Enthusiastic About Virtual Reality Training for Officers Despite Reported Mental and Physical Health Risks from VR Use

By B.N. Frank

Research has already determined that using virtual reality (VR) technology can cause behavioral changes, balance problems (see 1, 2), cognitive problems, eye problems (soreness, vision changes), headaches and other discomforts, skin issues, as well as other short-term and/or long-term health issues.  Nevertheless, VR, AR (augmented reality), and mixed reality (MR) headsets are increasingly being promoted for a variety of purposes including first responder and military training (1, 2, 3).

From NBC News:

LAPD introduces virtual reality training for police officers

The LAPD is using 3D animation, measurements of an officer’s heartbeat, stress level, and more in an interactive virtual space to prepare for real-life scenarios. Chief of Police Michel Moore sees virtual reality as a game changer for officers, especially in de-escalation training. This comes as use-of-force tactics come under intense scrutiny. The LAPD reported 37 police shootings last year, up from 27 in 2020.

VR technology is also being prescribed and/or promoted for agricultural use (worn by livestock!), court ordered treatment, American K-12 and higher education (see 1, 2), medical treatment (see 1, 2, 3), military use and reducing social isolation in senior citizens.  Earlier this year, a defense attorney in Florida even suggested that jurors be required to use VR during court trials.  I object!

Activist Post reports regularly about VR and other unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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