WEST CHESTER, PA — “De-escalating” a potentially dangerous situation does not come naturally to many people. However, thanks to critically important training, Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police officers now have additional tools needed to protect the public.
The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department announced that on May 19, 2021, officers and staff attended a full day of verbal de-escalation / surviving verbal conflict training at police headquarters.
In July of 2020 Lt. David Leahy and Ofc. Ted Cam became certified verbal de-escalation instructors through the Dolan Consulting Group. Since last July officers within the department have attended this course which teaches verbal de-escalation and conflict resolution techniques.
Additionally, other subjects covered in the training include officer wellness, dealing with incidents involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, and a police officer’s duty to intervene.
Officials state that the goal is that every member of the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department will complete this very important training by the end of the year.
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