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Are Police De-Escalation Techniques Efficient?

Posted By CSI Academy of Florida || 20-Jul-2016

In light of the recent shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, MPR News host Kerri Miller asks for insight on whether or not police officers are taught proper and effective de-escalation techniques, particularly in the context of the conflict between police officers and people of color. She is joined by Ginger Charles, a former police sergeant and adjunct professor of psychology, and David J. Thomas, a senior Research Fellow at the Police Foundation and former Gainesville police officer.

They question whether or not police officers are receiving enough training on de-escalation techniques (de-escalation training requirements varies drastically between states, some not requiring a set amount of training hours on the subject at all), what hands-on training looks like, and what civilians can expect from their police officers.