HAYS – The Department of Criminal Justice and Police Department at Fort Hays State University have received a $ 1.25 million grant from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Policing Services.
The Community Policing Development Program grant will support the Regional De-Escalation Training Center established in August 2020. The in-person and online training provided by Fort Hays State University will teach law enforcement officers. order of techniques that can help resolve potentially dangerous confrontations.
“This is essential training for today’s law enforcement professionals here in Kansas and across the country,” said FHSU President Tisa Mason. “We are extremely grateful to Senator Moran and the Department of Justice for their work in providing this federal grant to Fort Hays State University, and we look forward to expanding the important work and leadership of the university. in this emerging field. ”
The FHSU center is part of a national network of regional centers under the leadership of the National De-escalation Training Center (NDTC). The NDTC has signed on to establish six regional centers at the FHSU and in North Carolina, Florida, Texas, Michigan and Nevada. NDTC is also considering two additional locations.
The training provided by the FHSU places the university at the forefront of this vital law enforcement training initiative, and two criminal justice faculty members are in leadership positions within the NDTC. Dr Tamara Lynn, Department Director and Associate Professor, is Chair of the NDTC Executive Board, responsible for the coordination of all regional training centers.
“This award will allow regional training centers to provide advanced de-escalation training to law enforcement agencies across the United States at little or no cost,” said Dr. Lynn. “In this region, many agencies employ less than ten agents and lack funding for training, which makes this price even more important. Dr. Morgan Steele, assistant professor, also serves as the research coordinator for the regional training centers.
Lynn and FHSU Police Chief Ed Howell are co-directors of the regional training center.
“In the current environment of police definition, negative perceptions about police legitimacy and civil unrest, it is paramount that police apply evidence-based de-escalation skills and techniques,” said the chief. Howell. “Our regional training center will provide de-escalation training, using the DISC Esoterica © model, at various agencies across Kansas, the contiguous states and at the Canadian border. This grant validates our study program and will facilitate the service we provide to our region.
A key contribution that will expand the reach of this law enforcement training opportunity in the central region has been provided by the Office of Educational Innovation and Innovation in Learning Technologies (TILT) at FHSU. TILT’s Instructional Design team designed the De-escalation e-learning workshop as a series of immersive, self-paced, scenario-based learning experiences delivered on a platform that features components interactive and opportunities for participants to engage with each other as part of the learning process. to treat.