Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)
- 50 US dollars$50
- Laurel Fort Meade Road
When used properly, de-escalation can reduce police use of force. While not every situation permits de-escalation—as some subjects are strictly noncompliant—there are instances when simple tactics such as a calm voice can reduce the chance of a subject becoming out of control. De-escalation training is a hot-button topic worldwide. There’s now a giant spotlight on how police handle unruly subjects, especially with tragic incidents captured on officer body-worn cameras and cell phones. As such, law enforcement nationwide have been pressured to review their de-escalation and use-of-force tactics. In fact, some states have gone as far as to create laws and mandates to ensure agencies take extended measure to improve de-escalation skills. When responding to calls, there is always a risk that the person(s) become unruly. To prepare officers for these events, and to keep departments up-to-date with the latest de-escalation tactics, VirTra partnered with VISTELAR to create nationally-certified de-escalation curriculum, which includes de-escalation scenarios for law enforcement personnel. A significant portion of this curriculum is centered around non-escalation, which is stopping a situation before it escalates out of control. Granted, non-escalation tactics depend on the subject. In cases where these tactics fail, officers can utilize de-escalation tactics that do not require force. This includes: a non-aggressive tone of voice without screaming or harsh language, body posture that depicts openness to interaction rather than defensive posting, and more. It is important to reiterate that de-escalation is not always possible. In some cases, the subject(s) is too enraged or under the influence of an illicit substance, causing them to behave erratically and unpredictably. In these instances, it is natural for the officer to do whatever in their power to protect themselves, the subject and the public.
Action Training Services LLC (ATS, LLC), Laurel Fort Meade Road, Laurel, MD, USA