DE-ESCALATION 

 
 
 

        De-escalation discussion revealed different understandings of what de-escalation should be as well as types of training that could potentially diminish bias. Members of the public commonly associated de-escalation with high levels of respect, feeling heard, not being afraid, patience, cultural sensitivity, and calmness and space for parties to understand each situation. SLCPD identified legal cases and training practices that guided officers’ decision-making in situations. People agreed, however, that no one scenario is perfect, so ongoing training needs to continue throughout a police officer’s career. Participants praised SLCPD’s efforts with Crisis Intervention Training or CIT (i.e., training on positive interactions with people who may have physical or mental disabilities) and stressed the need for continuing that effort. Participants also highlighted the need for more cultural awareness education for police officers, especially from experts outside of the department. 

 

COMMUNITY COMMENTARY

I was here to absorb information Police de-escalate was very interesting as to CIT I wasn’t aware of it ‘till 2012, the most powerful tool of de-escalation is the camera. [sic]
I want to know the answer to #2 on the chart: What goes into de-escalation training that diminishes a bias effect? Is it only the reduction in stress?
Look at cases with “white people” - talking and asking first -not calling reinforcements. THANK YOU FOR THIS CONVO WE HAVE A CHANCE TO LEAD THE NATION!!
De-escalation: the major was very combative and not welcoming to criticisms.
All of my interactions have been positive, whether as Secretary of the East Liberty Fork Community Council or in calling late at night to have padlocks neighborhood parties [sic] squelched, or in reporting personal theft from a neighborhood drag ring. I have not had any negative experiences. In fact I’m very grateful when there are late night parties that the police will come to disband the party so I don’t have to get dressed and go out to do it! Thanks!
 
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