In recent years, police departments have been under increased scrutiny due to the heightened media attention surrounding the use of deadly force on unarmed citizens. This scrutiny has led to a movement within local police departments, to focus on de-escalation tactics to prevent the over militarization of the police.
Supporters of de-escalation training believe that fewer fatal shootings will occur when police are encouraged to take the time to talk to the subject, rather than just react to a situation. Additionally, supporters believe that de-escalation tactics will keep police, suspects, and bystanders safer.
Opponents of de-escalation believe that the tactics put officers in danger, especially when dealing with the erratic behavior that some subjects display. Critics argue that in a situation requiring that a weapon be discharged, officers will hesitate and place themselves in harm’s way.
Where do you stand? Is police de-escalation training necessary to ensure that appropriate levels of force are being used?