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L.E.A.D.S. - Law Enforcement Active De-Escalation Strategies for Instructors

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Course Description
Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies
(3) Day Instructor Training

The L.E.A.D.S. ™ training program, is an easy-to-use communication program that addresses interpersonal
confrontations. This training will enhance communications skills, help de-escalate engagements, reduce complaints and liability, and enhance officer survival. In this 3 Day Instructor Course, participants will develop the knowledge and skills they need to train officers working in correctional environments, as they will learn how to conduct training iterations for the 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours L.E.A.D.S.™ programs. Participants who successfully complete this “Instructor Course” are qualified to train officers in the L.E.A.D.S. ™ curriculum.

The L.E.A.D.S. program has integrated “Understanding Fair & Impartial Policing” into the program.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites to enroll into this program other than the course is designed to develop instructors to effectively deliver the training to their perspective agencies.

Re-Certification: This program requires a three-year recertification that will be offered as a two-day recertification.

Through lectures, demonstrations, role play, and practical scenario applications, this course will instruct students and develop instructors in the L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T - Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies and Tactical Options Program. The course is classroom based to educate instructors in effective communications skills, de-escalation techniques as well as combat confrontation avoidance training. The course teaches how to recognize aggressive behaviors and keep them from escalating. Students learn Active Diffusion Strategies that can avoid or resolve negative interactions by employing effective de-escalation methods. This course also discusses tactical responses to use when diffusion tactics are inappropriate or ineffective, and teaches distraction techniques that promote the success of tactical applications. We utilize lectures and demonstrations.

 Understand the principles of risk management for officer safety;
 identify indicators of hostility through body language;
 learn and understand the value of customer service in law enforcement;
 learn how to turn negative communication into positive;
 identify professional benefits of respect;
 learn anger management techniques; learn effective verbal de-escalation strategies; understand physiological changes during aggression;
 learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion;
 learn methods to redirect thought process through positive direction;
 learn the importance of professional posturing, NOT over posturing;
 communicate and respond to special populations; (ex.-mental illness, autism, disabilities);
 identity different communication styles and appropriate response tactics;
 learn methods of motivational interviewing skills;
 learn methods of distraction to obtain tactical advantages;
 learn communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations;
 learn contact – cover principals and concepts;
 learn tactically relocation strategies to delay confrontations;
 concepts of fair and impartial policing;
 learn to build community partnerships through daily interactions;
 learn to conduct breakout sessions for roll playing exercises;
 learn how de-escalation and or the lack of is used in litigation;
 teaching methodologies and adult learning principles; and
 classroom and scenario facilitations.

Your Instructor:
Lt. Kevin Dillon (Ret.) is a much sought-after speaker and international trainer. He has lectured on law enforcement use of force issues, as well as executive perspectives, at numerous conferences including the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP), Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA®) FBI NA Conferences, Western States Sheriffs and International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). Lt. Dillon is the developer of the L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat Arrest and Control System that is taught throughout the world. He has been a law enforcement officer for 26 years and is a SWAT Commander and trainer. He is certified by the Force Science Institute and is an FBI National Academy Graduate. Lt. Dillon developed the L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T - Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies and Tactical Options One-Day Program in 2008 receiving national recognition. It has been presented and established curriculum in in the states of CT, RI, MA, ND, MN, MO, MI, SD, CO, AK, CA, AZ, WY, TX, FL, NE, and NM. The L.E.A.D.S. ™ curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Justice.

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