In Part 2 of De-escalation Training, Edie Driskill interviews Dr. Robin Engel, the Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police/University of Cincinnati Center for Police Research and Policy. Last year, Dr. Engel supervised the first-ever randomized research project to measure the impact of de-escalation training in law enforcement. (Find the complete report here) We pick up where we left off in the last episode to build our understanding of how de-escalation training can be used to reduce the use of force by police officers and increase the safety of the community.
De-escalation tactics are offered up as a solution to reduce excessive use of force by police officers, with state leaders like republican Governor Mike DeWine even calling for the training to be mandatory statewide. Later this month, the Columbus Division of Police is bringing in national expert Mark Lowther to train officers in de-escalation. In this episode, host Edie Driskill talks with Lowther to find out exactly what de-escalation tactics are and how they might work.