BackgroundThe College of Policing is piloting a new approach to developing guidelines. This involves independent committees of subject matter expert academics, practitioners and third sector colleagues working collaboratively with front line practitioners to develop guidelines and recommendations that are underpinned by best available evidence. Safer Resolution of conflict is one of the first guidelines developed using this process. One of its recommendations will be that chief officers ensure that de-escalation is included in police training with a view to keeping officers and the public safer. It will also recommend that the College work with academia and the service to test innovations in personal safety training. AimsThis project was initiated in response to these recommendations and will involve piloting new training on the de-escalation of conflict in one or more forces across England and Wales. Its overall aim is to test the impact of this training on officers’ uses of force, officer assaults and injuries to the public. The College is very interested to hear from any forces who would be interested in piloting the new de-escalation training.
It is anticipated that the study will use quasi-experimental methods. The final study design will be agreed with individual pilot forces and will depend on a number of factors including the length and content of the training package delivered, and the force’s team structure and shift patterns.