VR Police training behaviour

VR per GENERE, an international research project dedicated to reducing intimate partner violence (IPV) through the development of cost-effective prevention and rehabilitation tools based on immersive virtual reality.

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Discover how we achieved a breakthrough in improving police responses through virtual reality (VR) technology.

How it worked

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Embodying the Role
of a Police Officer

Participants start by embodying the role of a police officer in an interrogation room, alongside another officer, questioning a black suspect. Tensions rise as the other officer progressively becomes more threatening and racist in their comments and questioning.



Becoming the

Following the intense interrogation, participants find themselves embodied as the suspect. From this perspective, the participant experiences the same interrogation they previously witnessed, now hearing their own recorded movements and dialogue playing back.



Escalating Aggression
and Threats

One week later, participants find themselves in a café with the same officer. A customer enters the café to order coffee, and the other officer immediately starts aggressively questioning the victim until he pulls out his gun and aim it at the victim.




Participants who experienced the VR simulation from the perspective of the interrogated suspect demonstrated greater empathy and support for the victim.

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times more likely to “act as
an ally” after experiencing
the training

Positive Impact on Police Attitudes

This research has shown a significant positive shift in the attitudes of the police officers who took part in the experiment. Through the program’s implementation, officers developed a greater understanding and empathy towards the communities they serve, fostering improved relationships and trust between law enforcement and the public