MIDLAND, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – As cities around the country continue to experience civil un-rest we wanted to take a look at our local Police Department and see what training comes into play when learning how to de-escalate a situation.
Allen Payne, an MPD Sergeant said, “We put them in situations where they learn how to react. De-escalation is nothing new we have been doing it ever since law enforcement started it’s just how we talk, you just talk to people. Our goal is to get everybody to comply without any force being used.”
Payne said it starts in the classroom with a PowerPoint presentation and an 8-hour de-escalation course.
“We then put them through a lot of actual scenarios that is the best way for us to learn is to do it ourselves,” he said.
Most agencies get 40 hours of training every two years, at MPD they are required to complete 20-30 hours of shift training per month. Arrest control and defensive tactics are on that list.
“Last year, in 2019, we arrested 4,900 people and only 121 incidents of use of force occurred. Basically .2% of the time we were able to talk people into custody so we are very good at it,” he said.
According to Payne, there could always be more training but they have to respond to calls and fill shifts.
“The Midland Police Department trains more hours than most agencies. Most agencies get 40 hours every two years which is what is mandated by the state. Our officers get that in about a month and a half.”