St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy – MO
L.E.A.D.S. – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies
3 Day – Instructor Training
Nov. 8 – 10, 2023
Congratulations to the new graduates of the three-day L.E.A.D.S. instructor program. Law enforcement and private security officers actively participated in the three-day interactive course. Officers from throughout St. Louis County Missouri attended and successfully completed the award-winning Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies Instructor program.
This is what the attending officers had to say:
Very good course. Great interaction between instructor and students. I’ve been to another de-escalation instructor course from another company and that one did not hit on the brain or science behind it. This one did and I found it be very beneficial. The instructor gave a lot of examples and research to back up what he was teaching.
Lieutenant – 16 years of experience
Provided many tools for de-escalation in both high and low stress environments. Would recommend this course to all officers / departments. Though I utilize many of these already, I can now practice them and use them fully in proactive and be more self aware of my own biases/limbic responses so I can correct it on scene and provide better more efficient service.
BFO / Patrol – 4 years of experience
The L.E.A.D.S. course was very knowledgeable. It brought new techniques of de-escalating incidents dealing with individuals in crisis. I would like to see more scenarios to get others involved. For the other officers that are physical learners.
BFO / Patrol Officer – 2 years of experience
I learned several important strategies from this training. The instructor K.D. (Lt. Kevin Dillon) really knows how to get your attention and hold it. He uses all three ways of learning in his training. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic. I feel confident I can use these skills in my position and train others to use them correctly.
FTO / Acting Supervisor, CIT
Kevin was a great instructor. Entertaining, motivative, lots of great stories which helped emphasize the lessons. He is clearly an expert. The course was well organized, and the material is easily translatable to everyday situations.
Sergeant – 33 years experience
K.D. presents the class and an enjoyable manner that requires participation and thought from the students. He is clearly an expert and transfers that knowledge and passion to his students. The class challenges the students to think critically and will be beneficial in applying to real world scenarios.
Sergeant -14 years experience
I understand now even though it was a lot of the same info and other classes. The value in relearning and seeing the info in different ways in multiple times period would love to take more classes next year.
Acting Sergeant – 3 years experience
This course was extremely well taught. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and passionate about the course. Our instructor instructed with all the students and made the subject matter easy to understand. This course will make me more efficient and proficient in identifying how I can help individuals deal with calls for service.
Patrol – 1.5 years experience
This course sure has amazing material the instructor was very knowledgeable and the content was relevant to the job duties I would like to see every law enforcement department implement this training to their officers.
Saint Louis University – 6 months
The course was excellent. KD provided A wealth of information and material that is extremely beneficial to officers. His instruction, delivery style and real life examples made the course extremely relatable and applicable. Every officer should have and would benefit from taking this course.
Patrol Sergeant – 9 years experience
I feel every department should send multiple officers to this train the trainer course. It is a imperative that departments include de-escalation techniques in curriculum. I have been an officer for nine years but this is the first class that taught me tried and proven de-escalation techniques.
Special Enforcement Unit – 9 years of experience.
L.E.A.D.S. Plus T is an extremely valuable program for anyone in law enforcement. But also for others who may be dealing with the public on a regular basis. The skills and the techniques taught in this course are unmatched. KD is energetic, encourages participation, and it is clear that he is an expert in his field.
Supervisory U.S. Park Ranger 12 years experience
The course was great! Very informative and the instructor was very knowledgeable on the subject good use of videos and real experiences, good engagement with the class
Public safety officer 1.5 years