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ME – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies Instructor Training

Sanford Maine Police Department
L.E.A.D.S. – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies
3 Day – Instructor Training
Feb. 13 – 15, 2023

CONGRATULATIONS to the new L.E.A.D.S. Instructors of Maine. It was a pleasure and honor to present our Instructor Level training on L.E.A.D.S., Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies Feb. 13 – 15, 2023, hosted by the Sanford Maine Police Department. The training was very well received, and all the officers participated actively throughout the entire presentation. They displayed high levels of enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism throughout the three-day training session. A review of the course evaluations revealed an overwhelming satisfaction rating from the attending members of the course.

This is what the attending students had to say:
Evaluation Summary
L.E.A.D.S. Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies – Instructor Training

Please rate the overall presentation
18 out of 19 students of the evaluations collected rated the course presentation at the highest level – Excellent, 1 student rated the course as very good.

  • Super relevant and logical
  • The presentation was very well done
  • This class was excellent. The content should be given to all law enforcement.
  • Excellent presentation great course
  • All around great and not one complaint
  • Extremely relevant to the profession. Thought provoking.
  • Class engaged, had a combination of learning styles involved
  • High quality presentation which provided a lot of reasoning
  • Excellent content, LE focused as opposed to “pigeonholing” other programs to work in law enforcement application,
  • Highly dynamic involved teaching style.

Was this program relevant to your work assignment?
17 out of 19 students of the evaluations collected rated the course presentation at the highest level – Excellent. 2 rated the course as very good.

  • It was very relevant to my work assignment.
  • This content was applicable to everyday patrol and crisis negotiations will be able to integrate this very easily.
  • Yes, relevant to almost every aspect.
  • Absolutely. Another way of looking at things.
  • Yes, this is something I can use every shift I work patrol; I deal with the public a lot and traffic stops.
  • This program was very relevant and provided answers and explanations to what we already deploy.
  • Very good for contacts in office, home visits. Maybe some more help with probation and parole specific videos but great overall
  • Yes, as a supervisor and trainer
  • Yes, in a rural patrol de-escalation can be a lifesaver.
  • Very relevant, can and will use this every day at work.

Please assess the instructors of this program.

Instructors Lt. Kevin Dillon (ret)
19 out of 19 students of the evaluations collected rated this category as excellent.

  • Knowledgeable and engaging
  • K.D. was one of the best instructors I have ever had. I feel that any class he taught I would try to attend.
  • Thank you for the very well-presented class. I found the material very helpful.
  • Lieutenant Kevin Dillon is a master at his craft. His knowledge and instruction style is superior fantastic, he has found a great outlet for his ADHD.
  • He was incredible, his knowledge, energy, and attitude was outstanding.
  • Lieutenant Dillon is dynamic in engaging and complements the two hats we wear very well. It’s a perfect balance of communication and safety.
  • K.D. was extremely engaged. He is clear through the confidence of his presentation that he is a master of the content and stands by it.
  • Knowledgeable, in the way it was presented made it interesting kept class engaged, enforced what was being taught through stories, didn’t keep it serious all the time.
  • Excellent knowledge base, stories, illustrations relative to work Kevin Dillon brought energy to the class to keep everyone engaged throughout the presentation.
  • K.D. did a great job as always kept everyone engaged all three days
  • Kevin was extremely professional and even more personable.
  • Never questioned the knowledge base

 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 is being used 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 aggression
  • learn to use cognitive limitations for active diffusion
  • learn methods to redirect thought process through 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 roll playing exercises
  • learn communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations
  • learn how de-escalation and or the lack of is used in litigation plus more!

The FBI National Academy Associates – 2022 Science and Innovation Award





Sanford  Police Department
935 Main St. Sanford, ME 04073
Contact: Lieutenant Chad Allen / 207-324-9170 ext. 212

Course Flier

Louisiana State Police
July 2022
|Please rate the overall presentation>

  • The wealth of knowledge is absolutely amazing
  • High energy and interactive
  • Good use of information and visual aids
  • Very engaging and knowledgeable
  • Great – well informative
  • The best law enforcement class I have ever attended
  • Very organized and engaging
  • Incredible. dynamic and intense
  • Outstanding, learned a lot of information to take back to the field
  • Videos are good, especially for visual learners to connect and relate to the material
  • Class was way more than expected
  • Great energy and a great contrast and teaching styles.
  • Slides are relevant, need more time to cover them all
  • very effective keeping attention and getting points across.
  • very detailed information with practical ways to implement them
  • So entertaining, engaging, and well planned.

Was this program relevant to your work assignment?

  • Very relevant. Useful info supervisors patrol troopers need to know
  • This will be a great addition to our agency
  • Every officer no matter where they are assigned can improve with this class
  • Would love more troopers to take the class
  • Yes
  • Extremely
  • Yes, relevant to any environment
  • I work with inmates as well as the public this is hugely relevant
  • Yes I usually don’t have very many use of force issues
  • Yes I’m an investigator so the whole class resonated on every level
  • Yes I can see how it relates to everyday traffic stops
  • Everything was relevant to work assignments. Although, as I am an instructor you can’t seem disappointed when you learn that DV isn’t our everyday thing
  • Absolutely. We’ll be able to improve in day-to-day activities
  • Will improve my interactions with the public
  • We constantly find ourselves forced upset people, employees, spouses, and civilians, and we need to know how to deescalate and help others

 Please assess the instructors of this program.

Instructors Lt. Kevin Dillon (ret) Chief Terri Wilfong

  • Wonderful! Entertaining! Awesome!
  • Kevin and Terri were great and willing to answer questions
  • Both instructors provided great real life relatable examples
  • Perfect team
  • K.D. and Terri were great.
  • Top-notch. K.D. is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining with valid points. Terry brings administrative knowledge to the program
  • Very knowledgeable and engaging
  • Intense, dynamic, and passionate
  • They were engaged, and never lost the class
  • K.D. is great
  • The thumb drives with the book was great
  • Great contrast of field and administrative experience. Well done K.D. was engaging and did well to keep the attention. Terry started off rough, but it is fun for of reason and once it was realized it is evident why she did well.
  • Great instructors!
  • Both instructors were very good at keeping the attention and teaching the material. Very animated all stories told of real-life experience matched content.


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