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Tactical De-Escalation Techniques

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About the course

Across the United States, police departments spend countless hours training officers on the use of force
involving simple wrist locks and pressure points; chemical agents and physical strikes; and progressing to
impact weapons and firearms. While this type of training is critical for all law enforcement officers,
agencies must provide proper "Tactical De-escalation Techniques" to officers as well.
Regardless of an agency or officer's individual views of de-escalation tactics, it MUST be implemented
into every police department's training program. Many officers believe that the use of de-escalation techniques will jeopardize their safety and place them at a tactical disadvantage. The proper use of de-escalation has the complete opposite effect. Statistics and studies will show that it increases officers' safety and places the officer in a more advantageous tactical position.
This one-day training class will provide officers with the necessary tools to properly de-escalate a situation while maintaining a tactical mindset. Officers will learn effective techniques for communicating under stress without escalating a situation.
Practical, classroom-based scenarios will be presented to demonstrate these concepts. Information will also be presented on the development of reality-based, simulation training involving de-escalation techniques. This information will give officers a jump starts on implementing de-escalation training within their own police departments.

Your instructor:
Tim Galanaugh was hired by the City of Syracuse Police Department, Syracuse, NY (2001). After completion of their police academy and field training program, he began his police career as a patrol officer. During his tenure within the department he had the opportunity to work many assignments to include: patrol officer within a proactive Crime Reduction Team, detective within the Criminal Intelligence Section (specializing in criminal street gangs), and most notably with a cross-designation as a deputized U.S. Marshal within the New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force while assigned as a detective within the Syracuse Gang Violence Task Force (2011-2017) focusing on the federal prosecution of various street gangs.
While Tim's career path became more focused on investigating criminal street gangs, he sought out several associations that focused on providing a wide range of gang training. He served as a Regional Director for NYGIA from 2011-2013, presenting at numerous conferences to Law Enforcement Professionals throughout New York State and the East Coast relating to the topics of Graffiti Deciphering, History of Gangs in the United States, and Prosecution Methods for Gang Investigations.
Tim retired from the Syracuse Police Department in January of 2018 and was hired as an investigator with the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, where he was assigned to assist the prosecution of homicide investigations and the investigation of Officer-Involved Shootings/In-custody deaths.

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