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Orange County News For Immediate Release Contact: Christopher Borek Thursday, May 13, 2021 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces De-Escalation
Training For Police Officers
Training Officers in Strategies to Help
Defuse Potentially Violent Situations
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced on Thursday, May 13, 2021, that his Office is sponsoring training for police officers on de-escalation strategies, designed to teach police officers how to defuse situations before those situations can become violent. Four two-hour sessions of the training have been offered to local law enforcement agencies during the week of May 17, 2021, and space will be available for as many as 120 police officers. The training will be presented by Ares Tactical and Emergency Management Solutions, LLC, of East Norwich, Long Island, New York.
Subjects to be discussed at the training will include:
When and how to use de-escalation techniques;
Effective verbal and non-verbal communication;
Recognizing cues that might alert an officer to the need to de-escalate a situation;
“Rarely, encounters between police and civilians can turn violent,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “almost never through the fault of the police officer. Of course, any violent confrontation between police and civilians is something to be avoided, regardless of the cause. We are offering this de-escalation training to local police officers, to teach them some strategies to keep situations from becoming violent, to recognize situations that are likely to become violent, and to resolve potentially violent situations before they result in tragedy. Hopefully, through this training we can eliminate even those rare violent police-citizen encounters.”