KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police officers are getting more training to better help them de-escalate situations in the community.
During Wednesday’s training, the officers were put through three different crisis scenarios and were able to go over different techniques to de-escalate the situation.
The goal is to give officers different tactics to try before using force.
“Teaches them to maybe slow down, get as much information as they can before they even get on stage, and then it teaches them to have a plan a, a plan b, maybe a plan c, everything in mind and have a plan before they go in and know that if plan a doesn’t work, we immediately have a plan b that we can go to,” said Kansas City Police Academy Director Maj. Paul Luster.
Luster says there’s a mental health crisis right now in the U.S. and officers are increasingly being put in these types of situations, so it’s important that they have training like this to have different ways of responding.
The 45 officers who were trained on Wednesday will train the other officers in the department in what they have learned.
The goal is to have all KCPD officers fully trained by the end of this year.
The life-saving training is in collaboration with the Kansas City Police Foundation and the Police Executive Research Forum.