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De-escalation: Making it Work

De-escalation: Making it Work
Next Available Seminar:
  • Location: Los Banos, California
  • Classification: Police
  • Date: December 11, 2019
  • Online Registration is Not Available for this Seminar

“De-escalation” is and remains a key component of policing. De-escalation by police is not the fairy tale of “Anyone can be de-escalated at any time”—because that is simply not true. And it is not a magical formula or a fix-all.  De-escalation is a method of approach and conscious effort to gain the cooperation of a subject who is not imminently threatening or actually violent.

Current force law and societal expectations require de-escalation practices be a consciously applied goal within every subject contact—given time by the subject and the dynamics of the encounter. It is a means of possibly influencing a subject’s cooperation and eventual compliance through intentionally applying verbal and tactical methods that have been proven in the past to assist in facilitating a dialogue between the subject and the contact officer. When the subject or suspect is unable or unwilling to cooperate, officers require superior articulation skills to describe why their force decisions occurred and in explaining their efforts to find a common ground, their selection of tactics, and why de-escalation was not practical given the subject’s or suspect’s threat behavior.

This course addresses changes in officer-subject contacts that are now necessary due to the changes in our society’s expectations of police conduct. It does it through a practical means that potentially increases officer, public, and suspect safety. And when a force response cannot be avoided, it provides cutting edge training on the latest standards of articulation and reporting.

Just some of the course content in this dynamic program involving discussion, lecture, and analysis is:

  • Officer mindset changes
  • Catching up with cultural change
  • De-escalation: definition, goals, tactics, and more
  • High liability incidents: contacting the mentally ill and in-custody death recognition and prevention
  • Force limitations and permissions
  • Ever-evolving reporting and articulation standards when the suspect/subject forces the officer to respond with force.