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Posted on: May 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] DA's Office Hosts 40 Local Officers for De-escalation Training

Local officers gather at spaced desks for Tactical Training in the Park Street Cafeteria.

Wayne County District Attorney A.G. Howell announced today that the Wayne County District Attorney’s Office hosted a training course entitled “Tactical Communications: The Art of De-Escalation”.  Close to 40 students attended the course, including state, county and local police officers, adult and juvenile probation officers and police dispatchers. 

Officers are frequently tasked with dealing with a variety of differing personalities when encountering the public.  Some of these encounters can be characterized as negative in nature.  Most violent encounters begin with a breakdown in the communication process between the law enforcement or treatment professional and the individual they have encountered.  Many times, these incidents begin with non-verbal cues indicating an attack is about to occur.  What is said and done during these critical moments can many times determine whether the outcome is a positive one or the situation erodes into a physical encounter.

The course delved into the communication model, taking a detailed look at what communication is while examining each step in the process.  Students looked at verbal skills, non-verbal behaviors, and effective intervention techniques that are instrumental in defusing conflict situations.  In addition, the course helped students to identify and discuss pre-attack indicators that will enable them to recognize when a conflict is about to escalate into a use of force situation.  This will allow the students to acquire necessary information from individuals while ending the encounter on a positive note, thereby minimizing potential dangerous situations. 

District Attorney Howell stated, “Effective policing begins with effective communication, both verbal and non-verbal.  This course provided a both a refresher and update to students for their training of their communication skills during stressful and intense situations.”

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