SEOUL, Apr. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — A new virtual reality program that will be used to better prepare police officers for cases of sexual violence and child abuse is being launched by a South Korean police agency.
The Gyeonggi provincial government and the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency held a test event for the agency’s VR-based training program ‘Police Line’ at the main building of the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency on Thursday.
Developed by HO Entertainment with the support of the Gyeonggi provincial government and Gyeonggi Content Agency, Police Line is designed to offer a life-like experience of crime scenes and accidents.
Wearing a headset, with controllers held in each hand, the program puts the user right in the middle of a sex crime scene, with a victim tied up in a warehouse.
An accompanying virtual police officer gives orders to follow, telling the user to collect evidence such as pictures of the scene.
Police trainees in Gyeonggi will be able to virtually experience various types of crime scenes and work on their quick reaction capabilities, as the provincial police agency is poised to adopt the new program in the training of not just police officers but also staff at police stations.
“Using the latest VR technology in our overall police training programs, we hope to protect vulnerable members of society more effectively,” a police official said.
The Gyeonggi provincial government is hopeful that the new program will be introduced in other sectors of police training, including the Central Police Academy, the Police Human Resources Development Institute, and police science departments at universities.
“With the help of content convergence, both virtual reality and augmented reality technology can be used in various fields including education and health care, in addition to more conventional gaming applications,” said Ahn Dong-kwang, the Content Industry Director of the Gyeonggi Provincial Government.
“VR technology-based training programs are not restricted by time and environment, and can prove valuable in safety education and practical exercises,” he added.
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