De-Escalation Training Center : Street-Level De-Escalation and the Duty to Intervene


Topics Covered:

  • Learn to respond calmly and confidently if challenged during stops.
  • Ensure you are doing things right to increase effectiveness on the street.
  • Develop critical skills to gain voluntary compliance and avoid force.
  • Prevent unlawful stops, and arrests.
  • Improve use-of-force decision-making & articulation skills.
  • Learn eye-opening things about Terry stops, arrest, police use of force, and duty to intervene.

Course Hours:

Participants may receive between 8-16 hours of TCOLE credit, depending on course length.

Program Links:

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Apr 24 - 25, 2023

Course Cost:

All courses available from the De-Escalation Training Center are currently offered at NO COST to law enforcement officers, through partnerships with the DOJ COPS Office.

Under the guidance of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) De-Escalation Center serves law enforcement agencies in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana by providing Department of Justice (DOJ)-certified training that will advance contemporary de-escalation practices. This training is provided at NO COST to law enforcement agencies throughout the region we serve.

De-escalation is “Taking action or communicating verbally or non-verbally during a potential force encounter in an attempt to stabilize the situation and reduce the immediacy of the threat so that more time, options, and resources can be called upon to resolve the situation without the use of force or with a reduction in the force necessary” - International Association of Chiefs of Police, 2017, p.2

For more information, contact:

Garreth Tiefenbach, Director of the De-Escalation Training Center
Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas
George J. Beto Criminal Justice Building
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341-2417
Phone: (936) 294-3485

Cancellation Policy:

Registered participants who are unable to attend may submit a request for a substitution attendee no later than 7 days prior to event date. All attendance information will be reported to sponsoring agency. Lack of attendance by registered participants in COPS sponsored trainings may disqualify agencies from future COPS trainings.