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L.E.A.D.S. TM  Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies with Implicit Bias and Fair and Partial Policing

Instructional Goal

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.


  • 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 the aggression
  • learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion
  • learn methods to redirect thought process through the 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
  • learn how de-escalation and or the lack of is used in litigation
  • teaching methodologies and adult learning principles and classroom and scenario facilitation
  • Learn communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations…plus more!

The Law Enforcement Active Diffusion Strategies curriculum course was developed in 2007 with the program receiving national recognition. It is presented being used and instructed in the states of FL, CT, RI, MA, ND, MN, MO, MI, CO, AK, CA, AZ, WY, NM, PA, ME and NJ. The L.E.A.D.S. curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Justice.

“There are many training courses that tell officers what to do in certain situations; too few of them show the officers how to do it. The L.E.A.D.S. TM course fills this void. Through L.E.A.D.S. TM  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 de-escalate hostile situations and to respond tactically when verbal diffusion fails. 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

The L.E.A.D.S. Curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the United States Department of Justice. 

Coral Gables FLA PD Trained all their Instructors in the L.E.A.D.S. Instructor Program.


  • “I am currently a hostage negotiator and utilize many of these techniques taught in this course.”
  • “Allow me to better communicate with citizens.”
  • “The study of the brain is something I have always been interested in. this program has provided me with good points that I can use it and continue to study about.”
  • “Good ideas about to calm people down and to stall for time.”
  • “Better position to lead, teach and explain paradigm shifts.”
  • “Better able to formalize subject for presentation.”
  • “I plan on using it to minimize the use of force when possible.”
  • “It would allow me to provide my units with more tactics to defuse/de-escalate different situations.”
  • “Great amount of resource to help with in-service training.”
  • “Will assist me greatly.”
  • “They give other / better options when dealing with confrontations, thinking outside the box.”
  • “This training reminds us that there are more alternatives. We only always practice for the worst outcome but not the better one.”
  • “As a field training sergeant, I look forward to implementing this training.”
  • “I will use in department training for the entire agency.”
  • “I realize that there are options to solving problems and I’m more aware of danger signs.”
  • There were specific instructions that I saw that I can use on our training dates.”
  • “Help train new officers with diffusion strategies.”
  • “I can incorporate with our regular training”


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