Title

Violence De-escalation and Mental Health Training in Law Enforcement

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

In this day and age, police officers are pointed out for their mistakes more often than not, mainly for their abuse of power and authority or escalating situations to a point where things get out of hand. Law enforcement personnel are supposed to serve and protect their communities, but communities cannot trust local officers if they are scared that there is a potential they will die or be mistreated in some way when approached by an officer. Trust is an ongoing problem throughout the country, that when officers have to go to court because they shot and killed someone. This problem throughout the communities matters because there could be a mere difference in what is right and wrong. For police to be able to create a safe environment, there needs to be communication between citizens officers. For new and upcoming officers or officers that have been doing their job correctly and positively, it would prove to be demeaning for officers or at least make them hesitant to what they have been taught or have been doing for so long if more and more restrictions are put on what they can or cannot do. RCW 43.101.455 requires law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, provide first-aid; change standards for the use of deadly force, adding a "good faith" standard and independent investigation. This policy analysis reviews the current violence de-escalation and mental health training required for all Washington State law enforcement.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Christine Henderson

Department/Program

Law & Justice

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/violence-de-escalation-and-mental-health-training-in-law-enforcement/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Violence De-escalation and Mental Health Training in Law Enforcement

Ellensburg

In this day and age, police officers are pointed out for their mistakes more often than not, mainly for their abuse of power and authority or escalating situations to a point where things get out of hand. Law enforcement personnel are supposed to serve and protect their communities, but communities cannot trust local officers if they are scared that there is a potential they will die or be mistreated in some way when approached by an officer. Trust is an ongoing problem throughout the country, that when officers have to go to court because they shot and killed someone. This problem throughout the communities matters because there could be a mere difference in what is right and wrong. For police to be able to create a safe environment, there needs to be communication between citizens officers. For new and upcoming officers or officers that have been doing their job correctly and positively, it would prove to be demeaning for officers or at least make them hesitant to what they have been taught or have been doing for so long if more and more restrictions are put on what they can or cannot do. RCW 43.101.455 requires law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, provide first-aid; change standards for the use of deadly force, adding a "good faith" standard and independent investigation. This policy analysis reviews the current violence de-escalation and mental health training required for all Washington State law enforcement.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/72