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Omaha NE L.E.A.D.S. + T – L.E  Active De-escalation Strategies Instructor

Omaha Police Department Presents Lt. Kevin Dillon (ret)
L.E.A.D.S. + T – Law Enforcement  Active De-escalation Strategies Plus Tactical Options
Three Day Instructor Course

MARCH 5, 6 & 7, 2018 TIMES: 0830-1630

Congratulations to the officers of Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas who attended and successfully completed the L.E.A.D.S. Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Instructor Program hosted by the Omaha Nebraska Police Department. These officers are now certified L.E.A.D.S. Instructors and will be presenting the materials to the officers of their departments.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Omaha Police Department and Miranda Vaughan for all her work putting this course together

This is what the attending students had to say:
Please assess the quality of this presentation?

  • Excellent! Exactly what our department needs!
  • Excellent material and presentation, obvious instructor is knowledgeable and believes what he is instructing.
  • I look forward to presenting to my department.
  • Very passionate about material, helps with buy in.
  • Excellent!
  • I do wish it was a little longer.
  • Having all the stories after the bullet points helps understand.

Was this program relevant to your work assignment?

  • I am a detective and it is in just as important as street officer.
  • As a SRO I need to be kept in check and stay calm. Love the different ways to communicate.
  • Very relevant as a supervisor and member of the hostage negotiation team.
  • Very relevant to the current state of policing.
  • Yes
  • Program is done well. Nice with slides, video, stays engaging.
  • Did a great job using examples and multimedia. Great job and going back in using pass material to show point in time material together.
  • PowerPoint was very easy to follow and videos helped tie in the topics covered.
  • Handouts provide great additional information.
  • Both the training aids and multimedia were great.

Please assess  the Instructor Lt. Kevin Dillon (ret)

  • Very knowledgeable. Brings in plenty of examples.  I like that is about others from across the country and not solely on instructors own experience.
  • Very good. Was a classroom setting but did not feel like a lecture.
  • Great person to learn from. “K.D” Lt. Dillon made me excited to share this info with my department.
    Very knowledgeable and had evidence (Stories, etc.) to back up topics as instructed.
  • Awesome, informative and time flew by.
  • Kept it interesting, really knows his subject.
  • The instructor was full of energy and demonstrated the material with lots of scenarios.
  • Instructor was very motivational.

Please explain how this training will enable you to change or improve your present assignment.

  • Focusing on little things that make a huge difference in using peer support can help keep each other accountable.
  • Use this information for in- service training and recruit training.
  • Again, will help as a supervisor and member of the negotiation team, also will help on routine calls for service.
  • It helped me realize things I missed on past calls I was on as far as empathy.
  • Will present to our officers to show department of progression with community and defense against liability.
  • I plan on using this and all our training from standalone course to the integration into DT and RB T.
  • Start collecting data on use of force and kindness to the public.
  • I hope to take this material and pass it along to other deputies and my agency.
  • As both a sergeant in a hostage negotiator it is very relevant to both assignments.
  • This training will enable me to improve my assignment by giving me the tools to exhaust all efforts of the escalation before using pivotal force
  • Techniques will be very useful and interviewing in interrogations.

This course is an easy to use communications class for street  confrontations that will assist to de-escalate engagements, reduce complaints, and liability, as well enhance officer survival!

Lt. Dillon developed the L.E.A.D.S. ™ Plus T – Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies and Tactical Options  Program 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 and develop instructors 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 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 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. We utilize lectures and demonstrations.


  • Understand the principles of risk management for officer safety;
  • Identify indicators of hostility through body language;
  • 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 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;
  • 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;
  • Communicate & respond to special populations; (mental illness, autism, disabilities),
  • And More!

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

Host: Omaha Police Department
Local Contact: Miranda Soares, Training Specialist, 402.444.4116
Location of Training: Omaha Police Union Hall – 13445 Cryer Ave. Omaha NE 68144


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