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New Haven Mayor Elicker, police department announced de-escalation training

Mayor Elicker said the curriculum is designed to teach the use of active diffusion strategies in situations of recognized aggression.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, Acting Chief Renee Dominguez, and members of the New Haven Police Department will announce a new de-escalation curriculum for New Haven Police officers. 

The announcement will happen at 11:30 a.m. 

Mayor Elicker said the curriculum is designed to teach the use of active diffusion strategies in situations of recognized aggression.

The course will provide officers with techniques to de-escalate, distract, and promote successful resolutions through the deployment of tactical applications, said Mayor Elicker. 

The course is aimed at the ability to diffuse a situation through techniques learned in the class as well as preferred responses when avoidance tactics are ineffective or inappropriate.

Other performance objectives include: 

  • Identifying indications of hostility through body language
  • Defining concepts of “customer service” in law enforcement
  • Identifying ways to redirect positive communication to discourage negative responses and confrontation through positive communication
  • Discussing mutual benefits of respect through effective verbal de-escalation strategies
  • Identifying physiological changes occurring during aggression; identifying cognitive limitations for active diffusion
  • Defining emotional intelligence in law enforcement
  • Discussing the potential for special population recognition and options available through Mental Health First Aid
  • Recognizing the potential that non-compliance or combative behavior may be a reaction to a medical crisis requiring alternative resolutions
  • Demonstrating appropriate response tactics by varying communication styles
  • Identifying tactical advantages through methods of distraction
  • Identifying both communication and physical strategies to de-escalate situations
  • Developing and maintaining the ability to utilize the active strategies throughout law enforcement interactions.

 

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