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Friday, March 30, 2012

All Police Officers Should Have This Training!!

The Safety & Loss Control Workshops have begun, and we have had a very positive response to the afternoon session on the “De-escalation Tactics for Veterans in Crisis.” The title of this blog post was actually pulled directly from a course evaluation from one of the officers who attended this training in Bemidji. A police chief who attended wrote: “De-escalation was great—I will be sending my officers to the class.”

The course is being taught by instructors from the Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute. The instructor in Bemidji and Fergus Falls was retired Command Sergeant Major Bob Boone. He provided background of the veteran experience and offered tools that can assist officers in responding to people in crisis—not just veterans. Bob stresses officer safety and scene safety while providing the officers with an understanding and knowledge as to their options.

We are lucky to have the course as the entire afternoon session for this year’s Safety & Loss Control Police Track.

For more information and to register for a workshop, visit:


Responder Safety = Public Safety

Up next time..."I guess that means I'll be canceling my vacation" (the impact on local public safety when the president comes to town).

In the meantime, stay safe and be careful.

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