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
Courses range in length from 1-3 days.
Participants may receive between 8-16 hours of TCOLE credit, depending on course length.
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..
Registration is 100% online. Please visit the Register Online link located on the Upcoming Events table below or the LEMIT Calendar page to register. A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the e-mail address indicated on the form within one week of registration.
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.
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
* Additional fees may apply
|FULL||Dec 12, 2023||De-Escalation Training Center||Broken Arrow, Oklahoma||CLOSED||No Charge|
|OPEN||Jan 30 - Feb 01, 2024||De-Escalation Training Center||Carrollton, TX||Register Online||No Charge|
|OPEN||Feb 19 - 21, 2024||De-Escalation Training Center||Bardstown, KY||Register Online||No Charge|
|OPEN||Apr 22 - 24, 2024||De-Escalation Training Center||Wichita Falls, TX||Register Online||No Charge|
* Additional fees may apply
Dress for the Week:
Business casual is the dress for the week. Clothing should be professional, and no caps/hats or shorts are permitted. It is always recommended to bring a light jacket in case the training room is cold.
If you choose to wear your duty weapon you may do so in full uniform or in plain clothes with your badge fully displayed. Individuals who are 21 years of age and who currently possess a handgun license from the State of Texas or an approved reciprocating state may legally carry a concealed handgun on or about their person. Handguns may be carried on campus, except at collegiate and UIL athletic events, health and counseling centers, and other specified locations on campus. Signs will clearly identify prohibited sites around campus.
In order to promote a healthy, safe, and aesthetically pleasing work and educational environment, Sam Houston State University endorses a smoke free and tobacco free environment. Tobacco use (including smokeless tobacco) is not permitted on campus grounds. Electronic cigarettes/vaping products are also prohibited.
LEMIT Building and Parking:
The Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas is located at 1600 Bobby K. Marks Dr., Huntsville, Texas, at the corner of Bobby K. Marks and Bearkat Boulevard on the campus of Sam Houston State University. It also is located right next door to the University Hotel.