Policy Assessment: De-escalation Policies and Training

Traditional police training teaches officers to use various forms of force commensurate with the degree of threat and nature of resistance presented by the person they are trying to arrest or subdue. De-escalation training is more proactive, showing officers how to defuse situations before force becomes necessary and teaching them ways to evaluate and respond to difficult, volatile, and potentially combative situations in real time. Companion policies reinforce de-escalation training and increase application of de-escalation tactics in the field. Agencies that implement de-escalation training and complementary policies aim to reduce the frequency and severity of the use of force, preventing harm to both community members and officers.

 

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