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Star For Immediate Release
June 10, 2014

CONTACT: Dean Kueter
(202) 305-5012

U.S. Department of Justice Sponsors De-Escalation Training For Law Enforcement Personnel

COPS Office Helps Local Law Enforcement Deescalate Encounters With Military Veterans in Crisis

Arden Hills, MN – Today the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) sponsored a training class for public safety personnel that will help them learn to deescalate encounters with military veterans in crisis leading to a positive outcome for both the veteran and public safety provider. The training, entitled, "Public Safety De-Escalation Tactics for Military Veterans in Crisis" includes a train-the-trainer component and is the first in a series of trainings that focuses on providing tools, knowledge and skills for defusing crisis situations that can arise when reintegrating veterans into the community.

Ronald L. Davis, Director of the COPS Office said, "This cutting edge training program will benefit law enforcement and the communities they serve, none more than the veteran’s community. Often times, when a vet in crisis encounters law enforcement, the situation can easily escalate and lead to the use of force that could otherwise have been avoided. This training will help public safety respond appropriately to veterans in crisis, leading to a de-escalation of the situation and a positive outcome for the vet and for the public safety providers."

The Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute (UMCPI) together with the Ramsey County (MN) Sheriff’s Office conducted this training for public safety personnel, including sworn law enforcement, 911 dispatchers, EMS responders, chaplains, corrections officers, public safety supervisors, and law enforcement instructors.

Upon completion of the first day of training, attendees will be able to demonstrate a set of specific skills and implement de-escalation strategies that can be used when responding to crisis calls. After the second day of training, law enforcement instructors will be prepared to deliver the training to others in their own agencies. Known as the train the trainer model, this allows for the most efficient training of everyone in an agency.

UMCPI plans to deliver a series of additional trainings in regions throughout the country. Public safety organizations wishing to register for the training or in need of more information about the training program, should forward inquiries to Wayne Shellum, Training Services Director, at 651-287-7442.

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing public safety through community policing. Since 1995, it has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 125,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training, and technical assistance.