Law Enforcement Response: De-escalation Techniques for Individuals with Special Needs/Mental Health Issues

Train-the-Trainer Program
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Somerset County Police Academy, Hillsborough, NJ

Who Should Attend: All law enforcement officers and behavioral health professionals who will be instructing the “Law Enforcement Response to Individuals with Special Needs/Mental Health Issues” training course at the county level.
Assistant prosecutors, mental health administrators and staff, and all other appropriate personnel are welcome to attend.

Description: Participants will attend a one-day training session designed to prepare them to teach the “Law Enforcement Response to Individuals with Special Needs/Mental Health Issues” training course. The course is designed to enhance the law enforcement officer’s ability to identify citizens dealing with mental health disorders and/or various special needs.
The course provides practical techniques to assist police officers in interacting and dealing with these citizens, with the goal of further professionalizing police responses, building relationships and minimizing the necessity to utilize force.
The program includes de-escalation techniques often utilized to approach and handle people in crisis.

Techniques learned during the training will help reduce the risk of injury or death to both the subject and police officer. The training will cover the proper steps to take when medical or professional assistance is required, including the statutorily prescribed procedure for transporting a mentally ill citizen in crisis to a screening center for evaluation by mental health professionals.

Registration: Please use the survey monkey link listed below.
Note: Participants should arrive on site 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.
July 26, 2017 (Wednesday) Somerset County Police Academy,
402 Roycefield Rd. Hillsborough, NJ 08844 (908-541-5056)
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Training Session



If you have any questions regarding this training, please contact:
Dr. Richard Celeste, Police Academy Director, Somerset County, [email protected] 908-575-3379 or
Carmen Acevedo, DCJ Prosecutors Supervision & Training Bureau, via email at [email protected] or 609 292-8508