Law Enforcement Training
- Kevin Gilmartin, Ph.D., author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families
Verbal Judo is an essential skill set for the working street cop. It completes the balanced package of necessary survival skills for officers who are required to have a continuum of expertise in resolving confrontational situations. Officers without these skills are as deficient in their overall survival training as any officer that does not know how to use their weapon appropriately.
The need for articulation is also evident in challenges to the traditional 'Use of Force' model. The public and the courts both demand to know 'why' an officer used force – especially when the incident is captured on video. Today, Section 25 C.C. is front and center and the only way to demonstrate what is reasonable and what is necessary is with our ability to articulate, “Words failed and I can prove it.”
An underlying premise of the new Verbal Judo for Peace Officers course is that the ‘times are a changing.’ Peace Officers need to understand the new realities associated with the use of legitimate power and authority:
- We need to start responding rather than reacting to challenges and threats.
- We need to realize that our actions will be viewed as a full length video instead of a photograph.
- We need to realize the importance of verbal exchange in determining the reasonableness of our actions, especially physical interventions.
Renowned police trainer and author Lt. Col. Dave Grossman describes Verbal Judo as:
…a scientific method to 'talk' someone down. Proven across the decades, getting the 'acid test' daily in police agencies world-wide, Verbal Judo is one of the most well demonstrated, effective, and useful tools that can go into any peace officer’s tool box.
tactical communication course
Length: ½ Day - up to four (4) hour Overview, One day - seven (7) hour Introduction to Verbal Judo, Two day - fourteen (14) hour Basic Certification Program and Three day - (21) hour Applied Program.
Description: Verbal Judo is a tactical communications program designed to provide staff with the skills necessary to establish and maintain professional presence during any verbal encounter. Personal safety will be improved as staff will learn to remain calm and focused while generating voluntary compliance from persons under the influence of anger, stress, alcohol, drugs, etc. Staff will also be able to recognize when words fail (S.A.F.E.R.) and utilize tactics designed to allow them to safely disengage. Incidents involving S.A.F.E.R. violations will also be clearly articulated (written and oral).
Objective: The course will be designed to provide tactical communications training to frontline staff, building upon their existing skill sets and providing them with additional tools to generate voluntary compliance while diffusing potentially dangerous encounters. Verbal Judo improves personal safety, enhances professionalism while reducing stress and complaints against staff.
Format: Lecture, power point, demonstration, simulation exercises and peer group evaluation.