Escondido police recently attended de-escalation training to give them better tools when responding to crisis events.
In April of 2019, the San Diego County District Attorney’s office released a comprehensive study of 25 years of Officer Involved Shootings in the County. One notable statistic was that 79% of subjects shot by the police suffered from mental illness, many of whom were also under the influence of drugs.
The DA’s office reached out to defensive tactics/firearms instructors, PERT, UCSD Medical Center, and other experts to help develop a Crisis Intervention and De-escalation training.
The goal of the training is to see if the number of officer involved shootings can be lowered, particularly within the mental health population. After a little over a year of collaborative efforts, every police officer in the county is participating in the training.
Over the past two weeks, Escondido Police officers and other department personnel attended the training to help give them better tools when responding to crisis driven events.