August 17 & 18, 2021


Zoom Webinar

No webcam or microphone required. Q&A, chat, and polling will be used for interaction between attendees and instructors.


Day 1

8 AM to 5 PM CT

Day 2

8 AM to 4 PM CT

(1-hour lunch break each day)




  • 16 Training Hours

  • 2 Expert Instructors

  • POST Credit Assistance Available

Delivered as Live Zoom Webinar

Training Open to Both Officers and De-Escalation Instructors

The Realistic De-Escalation Instructor Course thoroughly dissects the complex concept of “de-escalation” and the many elements in determining its feasibility or effectiveness in a variety of encounter types. This deeper knowledge of de-escalation is valuable to both line officers and the investigators and administrators called in to review force events after the fact. All these parties will need to determine to what extent using de-escalation techniques is feasible in specific high-pressure and rapidly unfolding encounters.

This course is designed for law enforcement trainers, whether they deal with street officers, field supervisors, investigators, attorneys, administrators or any other group within law enforcement. Instead of being based on the rhetoric that exists around the emotionally charged subject of police use-of-force encounters and the specter of excessive force, the curriculum is based on unbiased scientific realities. The Force Science Institute’s research into human behavior as it applies to high-pressure encounters and de-escalation provides essential insights for law enforcement personnel at all levels and is designed to be the basis for de-escalation training for police.

To demonstrate the mastery of the material presented within this course, participants will need to meet all of the following requirements successfully.

Course Requirements

1. Pre-Test

Participant need to complete a 20 questions pre-test before the live webinar dates.

2. Webinar

Participants will be required to attend the entire live webinar for Day 1 and Day 2.  If you need to miss any portion of the event, please contact us at help@forcescience.org.

3. Tactical Video Review

Participants will be required watch two real-life de-escalation scenarios reviewing critical areas covered during this course.

4. Post-Test

Participants are required to complete a timed post-test covering all of the course materials. A passing score of ≥ 75% is necessary to complete the course.

5. Instructor Competency Exercise

Participants will need to record and upload their own scenario assessment analysis teach-back video of 10 to 15 minutes. A video will be assigned to review with the teach-back needing to address key areas identified in the course. 

Meet Your Training Team

Chris Butler
Day 1 Instructor

Chris Butler, Inspector (Ret.)

Dr. John Azar Dickens
Day 2 Instructor

John Azar-Dickens, Ph.D., PC


Michael Musengo, Sergeant (Ret.)

Registration Support

We’re available by phone Monday – Friday

9 AM – 5 PM CT


Yes! The certification earned from completing this course is the same as if you had taken the course at one of our onsite training events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a test?

Yes, an online pre-test and post-test are administered before and after the webinar. Attendees need to score at least 75% of their post-test to pass the course.

Is the certification the same?

Yes! The certification earned from completing this course is the same as if you had taken the course at one of our onsite training events.

What is your refund policy?

You can request a refund up to 30 days after paying for the webinar. In such cases,  20% of the course fee will be charged as an administration fee.

After 30 days following purchase, any request for refunds can receive a credit that can be used towards a future Realistic De-Escalation Instructor Course offered online or in person. Credit expires after 12 months.

All refund requests must be made to help@forcescience.org.

What payment methods do you accept?

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

Please contact us directly at help@forcescience.org or call us 800-526-9444 for payment and billing questions.