Mental Health Update & Interactions with the Developmentally Disabled: Practical Application of Interview & De-Escalation Strategies for Patrol
Time: 0800-1630 hrs.
Location: Morning segment report to Industry Sheriff Station (parking in dirt lot south of station) 150 N. Hudson Avenue, City of Industry, CA 91744
Autism segment, report to Industry Manufacturer’s Council Bldg. by 1415 hrs.
15651 Stafford Street, City of Industry | Phone: 626-968-3737
This course is intended for any patrol personnel who may encounter people with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities during the course of their normal duties. Officers and deputies newly assigned to patrol and all personnel assigned to Mental Evaluation Teams (MET) are highly encouraged to attend this training at the earliest opportunity. Recognizing subject behavior and de-escalation techniques are emphasized throughout without sacrificing officer safety. All participants will utilize and provably demonstrate their proficiency using de-escalation strategies to reduce the likelihood and/or severity of use of force during typical situations law enforcement officers encounter daily in the field.
This course is divided into three key segments:
Mental Health Update – tabletop scenarios utilizing POST-approved training video program designed to help raise awareness among law enforcement personnel regarding mental illness. The interactive segment provides instruction on how to more effectively handle 5150 calls for service. The program utilizes scenarios to demonstrate some of the key points relevant to handling persons with mental illness, while in-depth interviews with psychologists, subject matter experts, and law enforcement personnel cover different aspects of mental illness and effective handling of 5150 calls. The segment teaches that it is every peace officers’ role and duty to respond to these types of calls and handle them to the best of their ability without use of force or with the least amount of (objectively reasonable) force, based on circumstances.
MILO Training Simulator – all participants will practice interview and de-escalation strategies using realistic training scenarios projected in a specially outfitted digital training simulator capable of detecting officer/deputy commands and their reactions to difficult subjects with apparent mental illness. Participants must formulate a plan as partners, then effectively use verbal tactics, less-than-lethal and/or lethal force, as appropriate, based on the circumstances. Many of the scenarios can be negotiated without resorting to force. Instruction and feedback are provided while a supervisor documents each participant’s performance (later provided to the agency’s training sergeant). Further instruction and remediation is provided, when necessary.
Autism Interactions Solutions – attendees will participate in and view exercises to simulate the daily challenges of those with developmental disabilities. Participants learn to recognize some of the signs and symptoms associated with patients in crisis who present in the field with developmental disabilities. Emphasis is on Asperger’s and Autism cases due to more frequent encounters with law enforcement. Multiple options and strategies are discussed and demonstrated to help interview and/or de-escalate those in crisis. This moving segment ends with interactions among the participant officers/deputies and families with autistic children. Parents share (and demonstrate in some cases) their firsthand, relevant experiences to help benefit law enforcement first responders and MET units who may encounter families in crisis during “melt-downs” or missing/found person cases.
“Class B” uniform is suggested; alternatively, the “Class A” uniform is OK
Civilian attendees wear daily uniform or “business casual” attire (no heels)
Sworn personnel bring Sam/Sally Brown and have that secured in car to retrieve and use during MILO training segment.
Hosted by the LASD Mental Evaluation Team (office): (626) 258-3002
Coordinator is Lieutenant John Gannon (cell): (323) 395-8277
Lead Instructor is Sergeant Annadennise Briz (cell): (323) 810-6544