Structured Practice

Structured Practice is critical to success, but unlike simulations for building proficiency with your sidearm, there has never been a tool for law enforcement officers to build proficiency with their voice.  Until now.

 Rather than just expecting officers to become proficient on their own, we provide a practice-based learning program that builds skills through personal experiences, previously only gained after many years on the job.  We have spent years creating and perfecting learning methodologies that rapidly build real-world skills through realistic simulations.

The Verbal Options Simulator (VOS) utilizes patented technologies that allow officers to explore scenarios, learn from observing a role model, and practice using their voice effectively.  It is specifically structured to be compatible with the way the brain learns from encountering new situations.  Practicing these simulations teaches the brain to classify these new skills as important for long-term retention and embeds skills that facilitate proper reflexive actions in the field, thus freeing the brain to focus on the continuously developing tactical situation.

A VOS Scenario.

Briefing

The module opens up with a police captain giving a briefing that describes the scenario.  The progress within the module is shown at the top of the screen.  The Briefing is followed by a practice and evaluation section.

Challenge

The first step in the practice process is to have the subject look you in the eye and ask you a question, present a statement, or present you with some other form of challenge.  What would you do?  How would you respond?  You can take a guess here and try to give your best response.

Role Model

Usually there is a right way to answer.  To see a role model give a best practice response, click on the police officer icon in the lower right.  This presents the view that the subject would see.  Key Elements (language that is required in any complete response) is shown at the right.

Verbal Response

Now it’s your turn!  With the subject looking you right in the eye, look back and respond verbally to the subject using an appropriate level of command presence.  Be sure to include all of the Key Elements in your response.  If you need help, you can practice a few times with the Key Elements displayed;  however, you’ll want to practice without them, too, since there will be no Key Elements displayed while on patrol.

Debriefing

After working through several iterations of the encounter, the police captain returns to give you a debriefing.  He may provide some additional insight into the scenario, provide other helpful tips, or explain why the role models responded the way they did.

Evaluation

When you are confident that you can give accurate answers with an appropriate level of command presence, you will be asked to demonstrate those skills in the presence of an evaluating officer.  He will score you on your accuracy and command presence performance.

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VOS Training.

ThinBlueOnLine.com utilizes the Verbal Options Simulator (VOS) to allow Law Enforcement Officers to quickly gain verbal skills.  VOS utilizes the infinite patience and 24×7 availability of the technology to construct realistic simulations that are always there when you are ready to learn. Available on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices, you get the repetition and structure that you need to learn deeply and quickly. Just like you built proficiency with your sidearm through practice, VOS allows you to build a similar level of proficiency with your voice.  No matter which tool you are using, you don’t want to “miss” when lives are on the line.