Posted on June 10, 2009,

Second Life Opens Meth-lab for Police Training

sl_methlab1Second Life is once again proving that it’s a good training tool this time for teaching law enforcement to recognize a meth lab when they see it. This clandestine setup is secreted away on top a flying dirigible. That’s not really a challenge when players can fly.

Despite the unusual set up the goal is to prove that virtual reality can be a  good simulation tool. Teaching a cop to tell the difference between a meth lab and a home brewery can be a challenge until they’ve actually been to a few.

According to New World Notes Fred Fuchs (Gus Plisskin in SL) created the lab “to encourage use of SL for training law enforcement and social workers.” The virtual set up lets them look around at their leisure without being shot at. Second Life is already used as a virtual classroom for distance learning at San José State University. The video following the break displays several other educational and training program already on SL.

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