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In partnership with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Washington State University (WSU), The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC) has developed a research based course titled Tactical Social Interaction.

The Tactical Social Interaction class is designed to help young warfighters and police officers develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage tactical social interaction in ways that promote local and national goals. These skills are critical to young warfighters' and police officers' in their interactions with strangers and the community often form the operational center of gravity to trust in community policing, counterinsurgency, stabilization and humanitarian missions. Consequences from the decision they make in encounters with community members and noncombatants can reverberate across tactical, strategic, social media, and political boundaries.

To help refine the Tactical Social Interaction content, the Commission is asking for highly motivated volunteers to attend and actively participate in a highly interactive class. These volunteers will assist the curriculum developers enhance the content and activities so that the class will better meet DARPAs and WSUs needs. More importantly, you can be a part of a class that can potentially save many future lives.

Tactical Social Interaction Class Learning Goals:

The warfighter and police officer will be able, but not limited to:

  • Articulate the importance of preplanning and be able to brainstorm proper pre-planning elements and applications so that he/she can better prepare for personal contact with the local population, increasing the likelihood for a successful tactical social interaction.
  • Enhance their ability to be vigilant in their surveillance and evaluation of any and all data that could increase the success of a social encounter with the local population.
  • Heightened awareness and appreciation for culturally effective greetings be able to determine what information about the local population is necessary for culturally effective greetings, know where to find this information and how to apply it, and demonstrate a culturally effective greeting.
  • Heightened awareness and appreciation for culturally effective communication behaviors related to specific local populations and will be able to apply the effective communication during an engagement of the local population.
  • Increase their self-awareness, social awareness, and have the tools to utilize their emotional intelligence, enhancing their ability to effectively interact with local civilians and adapt to personal and situational factors.
  • Recognize and articulate the importance of improvising, adapting, and overcoming difficulties with local civilian and community contacts; and will increase their ability to adapt to tactical complexities within a social interaction.
  • Explain and demonstrate a positive disengagement or a goodbye with a local civilian.
  • Recognize, explain, and evaluate what a successful social interaction looks like during role plays, video observation, and tactical decision games.
  • Demonstrate the seven competencies of a successful tactical social interaction, and actively apply them in mock scenarios, tactical decision games, and review of a tactical video.

Dress Code & Identification:

  • Uniforms, agency logo clothing or business casual attire is appropriate for classroom wear.
  • Visible Agency official ID is recommended (badges / agency IDs) while on campus.



Pre-Assessment: 0800-1300

Weekly Schedule: M-F, 0800-1700

Post-Assessment:  0800-1300


Additional Documents:






Cancellation/ No Show:

Deadline: If, for any reason, it becomes necessary for you to cancel your application, you must notify the registrar via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fee: For the pilot program there will be no cancellation fee, but it important you keep WSCJTC apprised of any changes in your attendance.


Application Forms:

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WSCJTC Application ( WORD)

WSCJTC Application ( PDF)

FAX: 206-835-7926


Course, Program or Policy Questions:

Steve Lettic

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Phone: 206-835-7337