Webinar: Improving Police Decision-making Under Stress

Join LEXIPOL on February 10, 2022 at 1 pm ET for a webinar reviewing how scientific research can inform police training and how simulation training can provide the stress inoculation officers require to develop the ability to make better decisions while under extreme stress.

Research evaluating various human performance characteristics has demonstrated that stress and physiological arousal influences the way people perceive and respond to their environment. Factors that have been found to be associated with performance include time compression, fatigue and psychological priming, as well as fear and anxiety. These findings extend to police officers operating in tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving situations.

Extreme stress can cause our brains to switch to the “fight or flight” mode to optimize chances of survival. This switch also leads to deficits in cognition (decision-making and working memory), motor performance (reaction time) and overall perception of the environment (tunnel vision). It is not only imperative that agencies provide awareness training on human capabilities and limitations while operating under stressful situations, but also important for agencies to incorporate evidence-based training methods that are intended to increase performance in the field.

This LEXIPOL webinar, sponsored by VirTra, will review how scientific research can inform police training and how simulation training can provide the stress inoculation officers require to develop the ability to make better decisions while under extreme stress.

Learn more about the webinar’s speakers, and register to attend.

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