We can provide training for many law enforcement situations, including:
- Responding to Persons in Mental Health Crisis (4 or 8 hours) – This course addresses issues of identification, stigma, de-escalation, communication strategies, suicidal subjects and tactical concerns for officers who respond to calls for service involving mentally ill subjects.
- Use of Force Investigations for Supervisors – (4 or 8 hours) – This course assists front line supervisors in conducting Use of Force investigations and preparing related reviews.
California POST Approved:
- Suicide by Cop: Assessment and De-escalation – (8 hours) – Recent studies of Officer Involved Shootings (OIS) reveal that as many as 40% of OIS incidents are acts of Suicide by Cop (SbC) committed by the suspect. This number rises significantly if the suspect is a recent veteran. A study by the California State University Fullerton also found that for every completed act of SbC, there are as many as 50 attempts to force police to use deadly force by the suspect. The purpose of this course is to provide relevant training with the objective of reducing incidents of SbC. Focusing on suicidal ideation and early indicators of SbC, students will:
- Develop an understanding of the need for proper interviews to assist dispatchers and call takers to identify potential acts of SbC and properly communicating critical information to first responders.
- Have a better understanding of tactics and de-escalation techniques with the goal of reducing violent encounters with suicidal subjects thereby reducing the number of SbC incidents.
- Should an incident of SbC occur, participants will better understand the need to conduct a parallel investigation into the incident of suicide (SbC) perpetrated by the subject with the goal of reducing civil liability, assisting with the administrative adjudication, and assisting the involved officer(s) in their recovery from their part in this tragic incident.
Learning Outcome – Participants will have a better understanding of SbC and be better equipped to identify precursors and potential incidents of SbC; Be better prepared to de-escalate suicidal subjects with the goal of reducing violent encounters with suicidal subjects; and in the event that there is a completed act of SbC, be better prepared to investigate the suicidal actions of the subject and responses with the goal of preventing future SbC events.