Words instead of force: R.I. police officers undergo nationally recognized training

September 9, 2020

Dozens of Rhode Island police officers went back to the basics this week, taking a nationally recognized course at CCRI in Lincoln that reinforces de-escalation and diffusion tactics. The course is called Law Enforcement Active De-escalation Strategies and Fair/Impartial Policing, or LEADS, and was created by former Connecticut Police Lt. Kevin Dillon back in 2007. Dillon says the class reinforces positive communication skills by teaching everything from emotional intelligence to verbal de-escalation, by showing officers how to prevent tense situations from ending in use of force.

Words instead of force: R.I. police officers undergo nationally recognized training