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MA – L.E.A.D.S. – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies And Use of Force Coaching for Field Training Officers

 L.E.A.D.S. – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies And Use of Force Coaching  for Field Training Officers
Massachusetts Municipal Training Council
Oct. 20 – 21, 2022

Today every use of force incident is scrutinized frame by frame on a video and judged by untrained individuals creating distrust and false narratives. Our Field Training Officers are our PRIMARY coaches and INSTRUCTORS but are often not any more trained in de-escalation and use of force than the recruit they are training. De-escalation strategies, use of force mitigation, analysis, investigation, and training is a complex continually evolving issues. This 2-day training session is designed for Field Training Officers. The training will examine how to apply de-escalation strategies in the real world, how to document those de-escalation tactics, and force mitigation strategies. How to make a response to resistance and aggression decision, select appropriate actions and report accurately.

The L.E.A.D.S. training program is a nationally recognized program reviewed and approved by the United State Department of Justice.


  • Understand how implicit biases can affect perceptions and behavior.
  • Identifying indications of hostility through body language
  • Develop skills and tactics to reduce the influence of bias on police practice.
  • Learn and understand the value of tracking services in law enforcement
  • Learn how to avoid communications that may be negative and make positive
  • 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 emotional intelligence in law enforcement
  • ( example – mental illness, autism, and other disabilities)
  • Communications and response to Special Populations
  • Identify evidence-based characteristics associated with excited delirium
  • Identifying Agitated Chaotic Events
  • Learn methods of motivational interviewing skills
  • Learn use of force definitions and proper terminology
  • The application of the Fourth Amendment to use of force
  • Constitutional Force Standards
  • Three essential steps in use of forces decision making
  • Define serious use of force areas
  • Discuss officer behavior and accountability issues
  • Discuss de-escalation strategies and how to report it
  • Discuss human attention and how it relates to use of force
  • Discuss use of force tracking, trending, reporting and analysis
  • To apply force application to police report writing
  • Discuss Electronic Control Weapons issues trends and training
  • Discuss training issues and voids
  • Case study – DOJ Use of force tracking in Juvenile Detention – Rikers Island
  • Discuss Quantum of force and how it apply to force options
  • What information do you want to track and how will it be used
  • Discuss factors needed for analysis of a use of force incident
  • Quantifying use of force deployments
  • Coaching de-escalation techniques
  • Instructing and coaching methods

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