The Lincolnshire police force has found a new ally in the war against high-speed driving – Gran Turismo Sport on PlayStation 4.
This new partnership between the force and PlayStation is sure to have boy racers quaking in their trainers, with officers using the game to develop their pursuit and high-speed driving skills.
Four specialist operations officers spent the day at Silverstone as part of the initiative, turning the soon-to-be-released Gran Turismo Sport Playstation 4 game into a high-speed driving school.
They were first asked to clock an initial lap time on the track using their standard patrol BMWs. They were then asked to go around the same track in the game.
GT Sport experts were then able to identify any areas for improvement like under or oversteer, braking late and carrying too much speed into corners.
The officers then returned to the track, with this knowledge and feedback onboard, before attempting a second lap.
As a result, several of the police drivers were able to reduce lap times and increase both the smoothness and stability of their driving.
Assistant Chief Constable Shaun West, told CarBuyer.co.uk: “There will never be a replacement for traditional training methods but we are always looking for innovative ways to supplement the learning of our officers and staff.
“If Gran Turismo can help to train world-class racing drivers, then we were keen to explore whether it could offer anything to our officers and help expand the way we think about evolving and refreshing our training methods.”
West added: “Also, we’re really keen to progress our immersive learning and exploring this type of training fits that brief well. We regularly ask ourselves: what more could we do to ensure our officers are trained to the highest standards while also accommodating the needs of a workforce that works varied hours, in a number of locations, and has different needs and expectations of respective roles?”
Boy racers everywhere had better shape up fast. The same goes for anyone else speeding.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.