LEADS – Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies

Course Description: This is a classroom based combat-confrontation avoidance course based upon the L.O.C.K.U.P. ® Police Combat System. It teaches within a classroom setting how to recognize aggression and to not stimulate aggression. Students will learn Active Diffusion Strategies that can avoid or resolve interactions by employing tactical de-escalation methods or distraction techniques that promote successful tactical applications.  The course also discusses tactical responses when diffusion tactics are inappropriate or ineffective. This program teaches officer how professional communication can reduce civilian complaints as well as civil litigation.  Instruction uses lectures and demonstrations to facilitate learning and retention.

Instructional Objectives:

  • Understanding the principals of risk management for officer safety
  • Identifying indications of hostility through body language
  • Identify professional benefits of active diffusion strategies
  • Learn methods of effective verbal de-escalation strategies
  • Understanding physiological changes during aggression
  • Learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion
  • Learn methods to re-direct the thought process through positive direction
  • Learn the importance of professional posturing
  • Identity different communications styles with 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 how to avoid communications that may be negative
  • Learn how active strategies blend with a total law enforcement presentation


350 Officers of the Hartford CT Police Department Trained in the L.E.A.D.S. Program

“There are many training courses that tell officers what to do in certain situation; too few of them show the officers how to do it. The L.E.A.D.S. course fills this void. Through L.E.A.D.S.  training Hartford Police Officers learned how to communicate more effectively; to identify physiological changes that occur when people get angry or hostile; to re-direct thought processes in order to deescalate hostile situations and to respond tactically when verbal diffusion fail. These skills are put to use daily by the men and women of the Hartford Police Department.”

James C. Rovella
Chief of Police
Hartford CT

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