Skip to content

CT-L.E.A.D.S. Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies -3 day Instructor Training

North Haven CT Police Department
L.E.A.D.S. Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies
3 Day – Instructor Certification
Jan. 9 – 11, 2023   0830 – 1630

Congratulations the the new L.E.A.D.S. Instructors of Connecticut! It was a pleasure and honor to be able to present our professional development program – L.E.A.D.S. Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies to the officers of Connecticut on Jan. 9 -11, 2023 hosted by the North Haven CT Police Department. We are pleased that the training was very well received, and how the attending officers participated actively during the entire presentation.

A review of the course evaluations revealed an overwhelmingly high satisfaction rating from you.  I have attached a summary of the evaluations for their review.

SPECIAL THANK YOU to Lt. Christopher Spose and the members of the North Haven Police Department for hosting the course. They provided an excellent learning environment and everything we needed to present the training program.

Lastly, THANK YOU to the attending officers that took the time to attend the program. We are thrilled  they found it to be a positive and beneficial learning experience. 

What the students had to say:

Evaluation Summary
Please rate the overall presentation.

15 out of 16 students of the evaluations collected rated the course presentation at the highest level – Excellent, 1 student rated it as Very good.

  • By far best around the region
  • Great info that was explained very well.
  • Very informative
  • Always a quality presentation
  • Refresh the videos (more current)
  • Very informative extremely relevant
  • Valuable material
  • Great to see the science behind the escalation.

Was this program relevant to your work assignment?
15 out of 16 students of the evaluations collected rated the course presentation at the highest level – Excellent, 1 student rated it as Very good.

Please rate the instructors of this program. Instructors Lt. Kevin Dillon (ret) Lt. Dave Bissonnette
16 out of 16 students of the evaluations collected rated the course presentation at the highest level – Excellent.

  • Dave and K.D are as sharp as they come.
  • Both Lt’s are top notch.
  • Both truly care about the subject matter and have a lot of valuable experience to share.
  • Both phenomenal instructors.
  • High Speed low drag. Entertaining instructors.
  • Knowledgeable, passionate about the topic
  • Very knowledgeable, and interactive,
  • I enjoyed how the instructors went through this material. I liked how they did not just read off the PowerPoint. This class was explained very well.
  • The instructors were prepared it had a lot of knowledge in the topic discussed.

 Other Comments

  • This training will improve certain areas in my role and it will help me be able to explain in more detail of things we do, daily. Allow me to give tips and educate other officers.
  • This class gave me some good examples to draw from and also help me develop my own.
  • Great course. I would recommend to all officers. If they are going to instruct or not. This course gave me good basis of how the human brain works and provides tactics to be used to assist in calming/deescalating. One of the best trainings I have attended.
  • Can show newer guys on the shift de-escalation techniques since they struggle with communication.
  • We need this to meet the requirements of P.A.B. but also meet what the community wants.
  • Properly document the escalation in reports relay this importance of it to other officers.

This is a nationally recognized conflict resolution de-escalation certification course. The L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies Training was developed in 2007 and has been taught throughout the United States.

Through lectures, demonstrations, role play, and practical scenario applications, this course is an instructor-level program designed to qualify students in the L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T – Law    Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies and Tactical Options Program. The course is classroom-based to educate and train instructors in positive communications skills, effective de-escalation techniques, anger management, and combat confrontation avoidance techniques. The course teaches how to recognize aggressive behaviors and keep them from escalating. Students learn Active De-escalation 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. This material is currently the state-adopted De-escalation System taught in each Academy.


  • learn how to turn negative communication into positive
  • identify professional benefits of respect
  • learn anger management techniques
  • learn effective verbal de-escalation strategies
  • community empowerment and partnership strategies
  • understand physiological changes during aggression
  • learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion
  • learn methods to redirect thought processes in positive direction
  • communicate and respond to special populations; (ex.-mental illness, autism, disabilities)
  • learn methods of motivational interviewing skills
  • 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 role-playing exercises
  • learn communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations
  • fully consistent with the CT Use of Force Reform Policy
  • learn how de-escalation and or the lack of is used in litigation plus more!

ONLY $695.00
Course Flier


L.E.A.D.S.  – Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies &  L.O.C.K.U.P.® Police Training Systems

FBI National Academy Associates 2022 Science and Innovation Award Recipient

Presently Instructed in the states of FL, CT, RI, MA, ND, MN, NH, PA, MO, MI, TX, SD, CO, AK, NE, CA, AZ, NM, UT and VT

North Haven Police Department
8 Linsley St., North Haven, CT 06473
Contact – Lt. Christopher Thorpe
203-239-5321  X232


Back To Top