Learn How to De-Escalate Difficult Situations
Bridge Baby Abduction: The student officer is on routine patrol and is flagged down by a hysterical mother who advises her husband has taken their baby, threatening to harm the child. The student officer confronts the distraught father, who is holding the baby near the railing of a bridge, threatening to throw the baby over the railing. Student Officer Information: You are on routine Patrol and are flagged down by a hysterical female. Sergeant information: secure the area, call for back up and encourage the officer to verbally de-escalate the scenario. This scenario has a magnitude of branching possibilities from extreme agitation leading to deadly force to calm cooperation and peaceful resolutions.
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