An App/Software Project
By Rayniel, Tadhg, Yomaris, and Ashe
High School Students from Mouse & DIIT Design League @ HS of Media & Communications
About this Project:
“The Training Facility is an application designed to assist newly recruited officers with their training processes. The goal of the Training Facility is to give police officers a way to enhance their training, including providing de-stressing tools, to help support and advance their career as an officer.” - Team the Rugrats
This team had many user groups of interest. They were interested in officers, firefighters and senior citizens. We were able to secure an interview with Officer Crispin. After the interview the team met to synthesize the interview and they made the decision to move forward with creating an app for police officers. They brainstormed themes from the interview and came up with a series of challenges that police officers experience daily.
Once they decided to focus on the issue of training for officers, they came up with sketches and based on the sketch with the most votes, they moved on to the design stage. They created their app flow and shared that with Officer Crispin for initial feedback before moving onto designing the first round of wire-frames.
More About this Project
1. The attached images are screenshots of the app’s design.
2. The link is to the interview that the team did with Officer Crispin
3. The Google Slides link is the team’s final presentation
Feedback from the Judges:
Eric Lewis 👏 Engineer Of Things at Power Home Remodeling — Emoti-Con Judge
This is a great app that could change the training that police receive. It will help bring to light that they do not necessarily receive continued training and help push that issue. Adding Gamification would really take this app to the next level.
I believe this app could be finished and sold to departments across the country!
Azfar Rizvi 👏 Omni Experience Manager at Verizon — Emoti-Con Judge
I thoroughly enjoyed the process and effort by the app developers to iterate their initial design. It takes a lot to go back to the drawing board and reimagine a product based on user feedback. So kudos for doing that. In addition, the subject matter here is critical - providing law enforcement with a support system has the potential to go a long way in helping create a better professional agency. Great work and Id love to see this become a part of mainstream training frameworks!
Valerie Casasanto 👏 Outreach Lead, ICESat-2 Mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center — Emoti-Con Judge
What a wonderful idea, especially now with people really becoming aware of police issues (stress, etc.). Nice interview with Officer Crespin. I really like how the team interviewed the police officer, went back and worked the wire frames, then consulted with the officer(s) for feedback. I feel like the team really cares about this subject. I believe the app could make a difference, and being designed by students, feel like people would want to use it more, so use this to your advantage! (Somewhere in the app, mention that it was created and developed by a student team.)
I would like to see inclusion of short interviews with different officers (both male and female) somehow included in the app as part of the training. They could talk about in the field experiences where they used some of these meditation methods to stay calm, and how the interaction was successful. These interviews could be very powerful since the every day person has no idea what police officers need to do and how much stress is on them.
Renae Williams 👏 Chief Program Officer at Mouse — Emoti-Con Judge
Hi Rugrats! I loved how you took the key points/findings from your interview to create your wireframe for Officer Crispin. I also loved that you took the next step at the end to also decide to gather feedback for other officers to ensure that your wireframe/app is useful for as many officers as possible. The use of iterations is something that most people do not share. I love that you all took it as a learning moment to make your concept better! This was a great project and well executed!
Iltimas Doha 👏 Aluminati at The Emoti-Con Steering Committee — Emoti-Con Judge
Your process is really amazing! This is the exact process that any big tech app or service you can think of uses, so I applaud you on your diligent UX research. I like how you broke down the training into different parts. Maybe for a future iteration you can highlight resources from different community groups/services, it could relieve the stress of LEO if we could split up their roles to other qualified teams.
Feedback from the Community:
👏 a Community Member from NYC
This is a wonderful idea. I would love to see this as a real app someday! We definitely need it in our society.