Policing the Metaverse: What Happens Now?

Police departments around the world are now launching innovative metaverse initiatives that will help protect communities and ensure the rule of law.

Criminals are beginning to exploit the metaverse, and there is a growing threat of potential crime as virtual and augmented reality continues to develop. The list of possible crimes includes data theft, counterfeiting, ransomware, phishing, money laundering, harassment and sexual assault.

The Metaverse offers many benefits to law enforcement, allowing them to collect and preserve evidence at virtual crime scenes, but it can also be used to train officers to handle real-life situations.

Europol recently published a report entitled Policing the Metaverse: What Law Enforcement Needs to Know, which describes how the technology could fuel future crimes, including the ability for criminals to replicate or hijack user avatars in the metaverse. The report aims to educate law enforcement and policymakers about the new metaverse environment so they can adapt their policing tactics.

Let’s look at some recent examples of how law enforcement is leveraging the metaverse to fight crime around the world.

Goals of Metaverse Experiences

As threats loom, real virtual and augmented reality experiences help police understand the metaverse.

Immersive metaverse experiences can help law enforcement professionals:

● Learn more about metaverse threats

● Explore effective responses to these threats

● Undergo training in forensic investigations and other police tactics

Interpol Unveils World’s First Law Enforcement Metaverse Experience

This week, at INTERPOL’s General Assembly in New Delhi, the international crime-fighting organization unveiled the first-ever metaverse experience specially designed for law enforcement.

Using virtual reality headsets, the INTERPOL Metaverse allows users to:

● Visit a virtual version of INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France

● Experience hands-on training activities and interact with other users

● Undergo training on travel document verification and passenger screening

● Teleport to an airport where they can apply their new skills at a virtual border checkpoint

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said: “To many, the metaverse seems to herald an abstract future, but the questions it raises are those that have always driven INTERPOL: helping our member countries fight crime and make the world, virtual or otherwise, safer. for those who live there.

Virtual training in UAE

Meanwhile, in the United Arab Emirates, the Ministry of Interior organized a 3 day virtual training experience for security managers.

During the exercise, officials from the International Security Alliance (ISA) tested their ability to respond to drone and cybersecurity threats during training that took place in a metaverse environment. Attendees included cybersecurity leaders, crisis response teams and drone experts.

Major Hamad Khatir, director of the international operations department at the UAE Ministry of Interior, predicts that the recent metaverse drill will provide a blueprint for security officials to prepare for our increasingly online future.

“Law enforcement will have to be — and they must be — in the metaverse,” he says. “There will be a lot going on in the metaverse going forward, and law enforcement will need to be prepared for those challenges.”

Mental Health Crisis Training

Administrators in Mobile, Alabama, Recently voted to spend close to $50,000 for ten virtual reality headsets to help them provide crisis intervention training to their police force.

The statistics regarding interactions between officers and people with serious mental illness are troubling, so this training couldn’t have been timed better.

According to statistics from Mental Health Americaabout 4% of American adults have a serious mental disorder, but this group is involved in 20% of calls to the police and is overrepresented in deadly interactions with law enforcement.

The hope is that virtual reality training can help officers learn how to respond to mental health situations so that police forces can improve interactions between officers and people in crisis.

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