Eugene Police Training Section hosted a “De-Escalation Instructor Certification Course” that was open to regional law enforcement agencies October 19 through October 20. EPD received three free spots.
The class filled up quickly and the size was restricted to 55 spots, in accordance with the state and local protocols for COVID-19. Several EPD Defensive Tactics instructors and Crisis Intervention Training instructors attended the course.
The class is called “Force Science-Realistic De-escalation Instructor Course,” and according to Force Science, who provided the curriculum:
The Realistic De-Escalation Instructor Course thoroughly dissects the complex concept of “de-escalation” and the many elements in determining its feasibility or effectiveness in a variety of encounter types. This deeper knowledge of de-escalation is valuable to both line officers and the investigators and administrators called in to review force events after the fact. All these parties will need to determine to what extent using de-escalation techniques is feasible in specific high-pressure and rapidly unfolding encounters. The course is designed for law enforcement trainers, whether they deal with street officers, field supervisors, investigators, attorneys, administrators or any other group within law enforcement. The course is based on scientific realities. The Force Science Institute’s research into human behavior as it applies to high-pressure encounters and de-escalation provides essential insights for law enforcement personnel at all levels and is designed to be the basis for de-escalation training for police.