VirTra Inc. announced the recipients of the VirTra and Force Science Scholarship Award. This award, which was created from a partnership between VirTra and the Force Science Institute, allows 12 outstanding peace officers around the country to earn a scholarship to a five-day Force Science Analyst Certification Course in 2021.

The chosen peace officers are from: Ames Police Department, Ames, Iowa; Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Illinois; Colorado State Park & Wildlife, Orchard, Colorado; Covington Division of Police, Covington City, Virginia; Local Police Curriculum Development & Training Unit, New York; Liberty County Sheriff's Office, Bristol, Florida; Military Ocean Terminal Concord Police, Concord, California; New Carrollton Police Department, New Carrollton, Maryland; Perrysburg Township Police Department, Perrysburg, Georgia; Portland Police Bureau, Portland, Oregon; Rockdale County Sheriff's Office, Conyers, Georgia; and Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, Santa Barbara, California.

VirTra and the Force Science Institute are furthering research-based and science-backed training that is crucial to better educating law enforcement officers and better preparing them to handle the individual needs of their communities. The course is taught by world-renowned instructors and is designed to provide officers with the necessary tools to help improve their knowledge base and grow their careers.

The courses will be taught in 12 different cities across the country. The winners, whose $1,650 course fee will be paid in full by VirTra, may choose from any course at the date and location most convenient for them. Attendees will also have an opportunity to earn a Force Science Analyst Certification, which demonstrates their ability to recognize the factors that impact human behavior in use-of-force encounters.