Postponed Due to COVID-19

Training will be rescheduled and announced at a later date.

2-Day Realistic De-escalation Instructor Course

San Antonio, TX | Lackland AFB | May 4 - 5, 2020

Hosted By Air Force Security Forces Center

The course—crucial for virtually all law enforcement professional trainers, from street officers and field supervisors to investigators, attorneys and administrators—mutes the rhetoric prevalent in today’s emotionally charged atmosphere and unbiasedly focuses on the proven scientific realities surrounding human behavior as they apply to efforts to de-escalate situations.

In this timely two-day program, you’ll learn what it really takes to accurately assess potentially violent confrontations and, when feasible, defuse them with easy-to-grasp, successfully applied tactics to avoid use of force crises.

The Realistic De-escalation course is designed to help you:

  • Avoid dangerous “de-escalation myths” that can jeopardize both officers and subjects…as well as entire agencies and communities.
  • Quickly evaluate any interaction to determine whether de-escalation efforts are reasonable to consider, tactically practical, and likely to be successful.
  • Use such critical Force Science concepts as the “Response-ability Zone” and the “7 T’s De-escalation Evaluation Model” to evaluate options at a scene or during investigations.
  • Improve your ability to safely and effectively navigate challenging encounters with those with mental health issues.
  • Dramatically enhance de-escalation efforts by strategically combining human performance research findings, observations of subject behavior, and the right psychological techniques for negotiation and influence;.
  • Employ specialized questions specifically designed to cognitively engage individuals in crisis and increase the likelihood of a non-forceful resolution.
  • Better ensure that officers’ approach and control strategies maximize their response options while minimizing the potential for unnecessary emotional and/or physical escalation.
  • Balance the desirability of trying to resolve a conflict peacefully with the need to maintain officer and citizen safety.
  • Employ proven techniques to overcome resistance and avoid or defuse physical confrontations.
  • Increase the breadth and effectiveness of in-house de-escalation training programs.
  • Assist investigators and others reviewing uses of force to recognize the pivotal situational and behavioral factors that must be considered when assessing whether de-escalation efforts might have been feasible and potentially effective.
  • Help community members and the media better understand what realistic de-escalation entails and the challenges that subjects may present that can inhibit, if not prohibit, an officer’s ability to safely de-escalate.

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Class Length
2 Days

Training Hours
16 Hours

2 Expert Instructors

Course Schedule
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

1 Hour Lunch on Your Own


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9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT


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Training Location

​Air Force Security Forces Center
1325 Harmon Dr
Lackland AFB, TX 78236

Building 10521, Room 127​

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What is Your Registration Policy?

Please note ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. Cancellations will not be accepted. Substitution for a registered seat will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To discuss substituting a student, please call us directly at 1-866-683-1944.

Because of the limited seating, please wait for confirmation before making arrangements to attend.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

We accept checks, credit cards, PayPal, money orders, and bank wires.

Please contact us directly at billing@forcescinece.org or call us 1-866-683-1944 for payment and billing questions.