Use of force incidents set back law enforcement agencies hundred-million dollars’ worth of settlement payout. And yet, when asked about challenges in the job, they cite a lack of resources for training. This leads one to think that perhaps there is a gap that must be filled so tax dollars will be spent on better training instead of settlement payouts.
To unpack this complex issue is Don McCrea, President of Premier Police Training. Don is a veteran in the field of law enforcement with over 35 years of experience assigned in various roles. He is a top-rated academy instructor, subject matter expert in the use of force and search and seizure, and is an accomplished author of law enforcement training books.
Topics Don tackled in this session are:
- A look into lack of training priority as a result of lack of time, money, and staffing to conduct the training.
- The million-dollars’ worth of payouts to settle police misconduct cases which could have been used for competitive salaries for staff and better training.
- A glimpse into the topics and issues that must be addressed through training according to law enforcement.
- Results of Don’s research that identified the big three mistakes commonly committed by officers that result in the majority of lawsuits, settlements, and loss of careers and public trust.
- Understanding procedural justice and its apparent disconnect when it comes to officers exercising their authority.
- The value in de-escalation training and why despite its best intentions, it does not quite address the problem with officer misconduct and use of force issues.
- Introducing non-escalation training and how it predicts the officers’ potential conduct which then prevents the big three.
- A better solution and training model that employs a Terry stop assessment, and review of six circumstances and six legal points.
- Creating the ultimate training formula to achieve procedural justice by combining de-escalation and non-escalation training.
Questions raised during the Q&A were on:
- An example where people walk away with a favorable opinion after a traffic stop or other law enforcement engagement.
- What particularized and articulable, reasonable suspicion of a crime is.
- Factors that create an atmosphere in which police officers are more likely to escalate a situation.
- Jurisdictions that do non-escalation training.
- The formula to better remember the steps and factors to consider to avoid potential unreasonable force, unlawful arrest, and unlawful stops and detentions.
- Issues in training and academies that fail to inculcate the concept of officer authority.
- Ensuring that a training model is legally defensible outside the courtroom.
- Teaching the basics of constitutional rights to overcome implicit biases.
- “Non Escalation is so much more important; if we can avoid it, that is so much better!” — Amy
- “Thank you for another method in preventing situations from getting out of hand. Better informed about traffic stops and guidelines for them in the three Doctrines. The handouts are extremely helpful for processing the information given. Mr. McCrea is a solid teacher in presenting information through the slides with concise explanations. Well done!” — Amber
- “I fully agree with your approach to improve training.” — Andre
- “Good pace, good information.” — Anthony
- “Started the discussion that more, proper training is needed!” — Denise
- “The examples provided and the expertise of solutions were awesome. Thank you!” — Gregory
- “Professional explanation of non-escalation concept for personal experience, as well as specific examples.” — John
- “EVERYTHING was great!! Excellent presenter, so much worthwhile information provided and I LOVE that he provided resources/handouts. 5 stars!!” — Kiersten
- “I liked the idea of correlating issues in law enforcement (e.g., from news stories) to training. And, non-escalation + de-escalation.” — Keri
- “Don was great. You could have him do a training on each of the areas he talked about. I teach most of the Crisis/de-escalation and I was wondering how I would respond to this training. It was wonderful. Teaching LEO’s Non-Escalation is great.” — Patricia
- “This was the best seminar! His information was very relevant and gave me a new way to think about these issues! Thank you so much to the presenter. You are awesome!” — Rhonda