Procedural Justice Training: Crisis De-Escalation and Confronting Racial Bias
In response to the community's demand for police reform, Tri-C’s Public Safety Center of Excellence formed a committee to develop meaningful and responsive modules that take a proactive approach toward training law enforcement officers. Local law enforcement instructors and community professionals partnered to create an innovative training program that aims to deter — and ultimately stop — the excessive use of force and change the culture within policing. Training incorporates lecture, discussion and hands-on practice of new skills and techniques.
- Four livestreamed training modules and one in-person training session.
- Each module offered on same day of the week (Monday – Thursday).
- Small in-person audience capacity (20) available for each module. PPE and social distancing required.
- Complete all four modules in one month (recommended) or spread out to accommodate your schedule.
- Practice skills and techniques in a hands-on, scenario-based training session.
- Receive Certificate of Completion.
- Currently open to law enforcement departments within Cuyahoga County only.
Module 1: Mondays
Introduction and Overview to Blue Courage: The Heart and Mind of the Guardian
Highlights the importance of respect, service, justice and fundamental fairness in maintaining the nobility of policing. Emphasis is placed on strong customer service and understanding the value of building and maintaining relationships with people in the community. Explore how collaborative partnerships between police and community members are necessary to facilitate communication and problem-solving in order to decrease crime, as well as the fear of crime.
Elijah Baisden III, M.S.
Police Academy Commander, Cuyahoga Community College
Sergeant (retired), Cuyahoga Community College Police Department
Prior Service (Sergeant), East Cleveland Police Department
Prior Service, Cleveland Heights Police Department
Law Enforcement’s Role in Mass Gatherings, Protests and Riots
Presents standard procedures for managing emergency operations in the field during mass gatherings, protests and riots. This includes, but is not limited to: understanding the First Amendment rights of citizens and the media; how to enforce the law while protecting the rights of citizens and the media; and demonstrating, understanding and explaining the duties and responsibilities of a supervisor and line officer during these incidents.
Ellis Johnson Jr., M.A.
Commander (retired), Cleveland Division of Police
Lieutenant, Cleveland Division of Police
OPOTC Certified Commander
Module 2: Tuesdays
Promotes the understanding of implicit and explicit biases, how biases can be mitigated, and how biases can impede successful policing.
Lieutenant and Executive Staff Assistant, Rocky River Division of Police
Module 3: Wednesdays
Challenges law enforcement officers to assess their intellectual and emotional transition from the police academy to their current position. Identify aspects of the cynical police officer and describe what happens to an officer’s mindset when experiencing the long-term effects of hypervigilance.
Chief of Police, Westfield OFIC Police Department
Stephanie Hall, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Chief Housing Court Bailiff, Cleveland Municipal Housing Court
Module 4: Thursdays
Profiles of People in Crisis
Raises awareness of challenges that arise when interacting with people in crisis, particularly behavioral health issues that can impact law enforcement response. Also covers the impact of race on interactions between officers and the public and increases empathy and understanding regarding the concerns of family members and people with lived experience.
Carole Ballard, M.S.S.A., LISW
Director of Education and Training, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
Communication and De-Escalation: Gaining Compliance
Provides an overview and basic understanding of the biological and psychological factors that impact an officer’s ability to gain compliance during a tense encounter. The simple techniques presented increase the chances of a positive, nonviolent response or outcome and decrease the need to use force.
Greg Truhan, M.S.
Senior Special Agent (retired), U.S. Secret Service
Dates and Times TBD
Practice the techniques and skills learned in the modules. Scenarios involve instructors, assessors and actors covering the topics of communication and de-escalation; mass gatherings, protests and riots; police reform; bias-free policing; and community-oriented policing. Hands-on training occurs at the Simulated Scenario Village on Cuyahoga Community College’s Western Campus in Parma.
All module instructors
- Cuyahoga County departments: Free*
- Out-of-county departments: Not available at this time
*Cost subject to change without notice.
View Dates and Register
Due to the COVID - 19 crisis, and out of the abundance of caution, the Procedural Justice Training Live Stream presentations and scenario based training for January, February, and March are postponed until April of 2021
Dates for Live Stream and Scenarios trainings will be posted on Dec.18, 2020.
Click on the button below to download the registration form. Completed forms are to be emailed to TheVillage@tri-c.edu.
We recommend completing all four modules in the same month. However, if scheduling doesn't permit four consecutive days of training, you may schedule modules in different months.