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De-Escalation Training


Why Offer De-Escalation Training?
The environment of policing has become increasingly dangerous and complex due a variety of factors, including untreated mental illness, addiction disease, and the breakdown of community institutions. Additional training in de-escalation and less lethal tools are necessary to reduce deadly police encounters, save lives, and improve public trust and confidence in the police.

What is De-Escalation Training?
De-Escalation training incorporates three critical principles of police tactics to give officers the best options to resolve dangerous situations – time, distance, and shielding.  When officers are far enough away from a person armed with a deadly object to avoid injury, can take cover from potential gunfire, and have time to verbally engage, they have the opportunity to diffuse and change the trajectory of a volatile situation.  Effective de-escalation requires not only effective patrol tactics, but also knowledge about mental illness, communication techniques, and human psychology.


Who Has the Authority to Create and Deliver This Training?
Since 1974 the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, comprised of 14 Governor appointed Commissioners, has had the authority to establish standards and provide training to peace officers and other criminal justice professionals.  The Commission provides 720 hours of mandated basic training to every police officer in the state, which includes de-escalation and crisis intervention training.  Now, the Commission is developing enhanced de-escalation and less lethal alternatives to train new officers and officers who have been in the field for any number of years.


How Will The Training Be Developed?


Community and stakeholder participation is critical to develop and deliver this important training.  The Commission will host a series of public meetings which will be live-streamed and recordings will available on our website.  Input will be solicited and accepted in person or electronically.


What Is Next?

WSCJTC has posted a web form where individuals are able to provide input electronically regarding the De-escalation Training outlined in RCW 43.101.455. This is the best method to submit comment as it consolidates information for review by WSCJTC personnel. If you would like to submit anonymous input, please click here for more information.

In addition to our web form, we will be holding two public engagement meetings in Washington State. The meeting details are as follows:


VIRTRA (Decision Making Simulator) Experience

Thursday, February 21, 2019

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

WSCJTC – Lobby

19010 1st Avenue S.

Burien, WA 98148



Public Engagement Meeting

Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WSCJTC – Auditorium

19010 1st Avenue S.

Burien, WA 98148

Before the public engagement meeting on Thursday, February 21st, we have a two hour reservation in WSCJTC’s new VIRTRA (Decision Making) Simulator from 4:00-6:00 PM. All are welcome to participate in experiencing this simulator. This is a great opportunity for us to explain how this type of training works.  This simulator is an interactive partner for de-escalation, active shooter, judgmental use of force, situational awareness and firearms training for law enforcement.


Public Engagement Meeting

Friday, March 1, 2019

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Spokane Public Library – Meeting room 1A

906 W. Main Avenue

Spokane, WA 99201

Please note that the topics of these two first public engagement meetings will be training requirements and first aid. Additional public engagement meetings will be held regarding other requirements per the law. Both of these meetings will be available to view via live stream on our Facebook page. Please click here to view our Facebook page. If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Commission Meeting

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WSCJTC - Room C202

19010 1st Avenue S.

Burien, WA 98148

Commission Meeting

Thursday, May 23, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Spokane Convention Center

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd

Spokane, WA 99201

May 23rd will be the last day that the Commission will be able to accept input, both in-person or online, to make changes to the draft language for the new rules related to training.  We appreciate your understanding as this is necessary to meet the timelines set forth in the new law.

Commission Meeting

Thursday, June 6, 2019

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WSCJTC - Room C122

19010 1st Avenue S.

Burien, WA 98148

 

Program Staff

 

Dan Christman, Program Manager

206-835-7369

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Alex Buijs, Administrative Assistant

206-835-7366

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Stan Conrad, Division Manager

206-835-7364

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General Inquiries

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Hearings, Meetings and Filings Timeline

 

Next Steps for I-940/SHB 1064

 

How to Provide Input to the Commission Online

 

I-940 Training Requirements & Current Basic Training Curriculum

 

Cognitive Command Training Program (C2)

Draft WAC Rules