The Innovation Centre was established as a result of a project called “Safe and Secure” – innovation in law-enforcement education. The mission of the Centre is to improve law enforcement and other state agencies’ readiness, capabilities and flexible cooperation in prevention and crisis management of the new challenges of acts of terrorism and transnational crime via innovative and interactive training methodologies.
Major emergencies, such as plane and train crashes, are critical incidents which are typically complex, initially chaotic and often challenging to manage. These incidents require a team-based approach in which the activities and efforts of the officers involved are effectively coordinated and properly directed. Good communication, effective use of resources and information, and a clear command policy are essential when many problems arising from such incidents are to be identified, prioritised and resolved.
The training of officers to develop these command skills requires a learning environment where the complexity, chaos and challenge of a real incident can be recreated. This is where simulation is a very effective training tool. Both programmes that are currently in use, the XVR and ISEE simulation systems, have been designed and built from the ground up to create live critical incidents, therefore they allow command officers to practice their skills, solve command-related problems and confront and overcome the many challenges of such events.