Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis) has sponsored federal legislation that would require police “to be trained on de-escalation techniques that focus on preserving life.”┬á We strongly support this bill and her efforts and will track it’s progress at the federal level.

The legislation builds on recommendations from the Police Executive Research Forum which has issued a report entitled “Guiding Principles on Use of Force.”

The bill requires jurisdictions receiving federal Byrne grants to provide training in:

  • the use of alternative non-lethal methods;
  • verbal and physical tactics to minimize the need for the use of force, with an emphasis on communication, negotiation, de-escalation techniques, providing the time needed to resolve the incident safely for everyone;
  • the use of the lowest level of force;
  • techniques that provide all officers with awareness and recognition of mental health and substance abuse issue
  • principles of using distance, cover and time when approaching and managing critical incidents;
  • crisis intervention strategies