Agency: Dubai Police General Headquarters (United Arab Emirates)
Year: 2015 Finalist
Contact: Major Dr. Mansoor Alrazooqi - mansoor [at] dubaipolice.gov.ae
The Dubai Police realized early on the need to enhance and support traditional methods used for learning and awareness. Over many years, the agency has researched and developed virtual environment prototypes and now has a large portfolio of virtual environment products. The police employ cutting-edge video game technologies to create virtual incidents, ranging from crime scenes to traffic accidents to hostage scenarios. This is an engaging way to mimic real-life situations and allow trainees to learn-by-doing while harnessing skills in a safe, practical environment. The innovative platform saves all trainee data for pattern analysis. The virtual environments allow users to simulate scenarios that are almost impossible to do in the field training because of risk or cost. Scenarios are tailor made to local law and crime patterns. Crime scene investigators who trained using virtual environments performed better in real cases than those who did not by an average of 57.2 percent (evaluated on 17 tasks on real crime cases).