Windsor CT Police Department
L.E.A.D.S. + T – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies
Oct. 27, 2020
Congratulations to the officers who attended and successfully completed the one day L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies and Tactical Options hosted by the Windsor CT Police Department on Oct. 27, 2020. The officers were engaged and actively participated in the day long program.
This is what the attending students had to say:
Instructor was professional and provided real life experience. I’m and SRO in the high school and these techniques are very important to implement alleviate force scenarios.
Relative to the variety of encounters we deal with.
A must need for every police officer.
It provided knowledge and options I did not previously have.
Knowledge is power! K.D. (Lt. Dillon) has a lot of knowledge in the field he teaches. Questions were brought up about the new accountability bill. He provided new ways to assess and plan for the future.
Absolutely terrific presentation, if attention was paid and an interest to excel and survive our profession.
Understanding how to interact with people.
Provide different tactics to help diffuse violative situations. Help explanation of important documentation strategies.
This is a guy (Lt. Dillon) I would want to extract any and all knowledge from. I could be better at my job.
Most knowledgeable instructor (Lt. Dillon) I’ve ever had the opportunity to hear and learn from. Knows how to present course content in a way to learn. Apply to day to day tasks and objectives of law enforcement.
Being a patrol officer utilizing different communication techniques and diffusions strategies will help on calls.
A+ Thank you!
As a seasoned 27 year officer I wish I had this class sooner. Should be a part of every academy class.
The L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies and Tactical Options curriculum was developed by Lt. Kevin F. Dillon in 2007. Receiving national recognition, it has been presented to officers in the states of FL, CT, RI, MA, ND, MN, MO, MI, SD, CO, AK, CA, AZ, WY and NM. The L.E.A.D.S. ™ curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Justice.
Through lectures, demonstrations, role play, and practical scenario applications, this course will instruct students in the L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T 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.
- identify indicators of hostility through body language;
- learn force mitigation strategies:
- 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;
- discuss application of the 30 Guiding principles PERF Recommendations;
- 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;