POLICE Magazine

JUN 2019

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P O L I C E M AG .C O M 105 is completed the officer is presented with a debrief of the overall encounter, pointing out the main techniques that were employed. ere are also tools in- cluded that allow for scoring by an FTO. e net effect is that both new and experienced officers are presented with a scenario where they have to practice giving a verbal response along specific, structured lines, and they are present- ed with the explanation about why this particular approach is being utilized in this scenario. is builds memories of alternate approaches that can be im- mediately recalled on duty to provide the officer with better options in diffi- cult encounters. CASE STUDY Chief Neil Gang of the Pinole (CA) Po- lice Department related this story to us: Recently, a rookie patrol team com- pleted a training session using the inBlueOnLine system. e weekly training scenario was a responding offi- cer who speaks with an armed man who is angry and was threatening to harm himself and employees of a business. Going through the scenario, the patrol team felt that the process and steps of the virtual officer's actions were appro- priate and provided a great example of the use of de-escalation skills. One week later, the same rookie of- ficers responded to virtually the same call as the scenario. A man armed with a knife was distraught and threatening his fellow employees and himself while sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of his workplace. A Pinole PD Sergeant stated, "I was not sure exactly what to expect and planned on playing a larger role in the handling of this incident, due to the young officers' lack of experience in dealing with these types of situa- tions." e sergeant went on to say, "I was impressed when I observed our officers utilizing techniques and even verbiage directly from the inBlueOnLine training scenario that was covered a week prior during our briefing." In this situation, the officers required very little input from their sergeant and were able to successfully de-escalate the situation, which resulted in a posi- tive resolution. After approximately an hour and a half of dialogue with the dis- traught subject, he ultimately surren- dered his weapon and cooperated with the officers. After the subject was taken into custody and placed into an ambu- lance for a mental health evaluation, he thanked the officers for making him feel comfortable enough to have a conversa- tion with them and that he could trust them. is is an example of just how valu- able inBlueOnLine de-escalation training software can be for your offi- cers, police department, and ultimately your community. www.inBlueOnLine.com/PME John DiGiantomasso is the President of inBlueOnLine.com. Because you protect others, we protect you WoodmenLife ® is grateful for the dedication you show in your community. As a police officer, you serve unselfishly to protect others' families. We value what you do and want to help protect your family by being there when you need us most. Our products are designed to provide financial assistance to families should the unthinkable happen. In addition, we offer a $25,000 benefit 1 to the family of a member who has died in the line of duty as a First Responder. Find out more at WoodmenLife.org/first-responders 1. Member benefits are available to members. An individual becomes a member by joining our shared commitment to family, community and country, and by purchasing a WoodmenLife product. These benefits are not contractual, are subject to change and have specific eligibility requirements. CD1508 11/18 Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society: Omaha, NE

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