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Register using the links below.

How do you determine appropriate responses during potentially confrontational situations? The Force Science Institute has analyzed de-escalation and developed strategies that officers like you can use during tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving field encounters.

On Sept. 27 and 28, the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) is sponsoring workshops developed by the Force Science Institute that will teach you how best to handle critical situations while keeping both officers and the public safe.

During this day-long workshop, you will:

  • Understand what de-escalation actually means and when it’s effective.
  • Discuss the tactical principles of de-escalation, risk assessment, and decision making.
  • Quickly determine whether de-escalation efforts are reasonable, practical, and likely to be successful.
  • Efficiently recognize whether a subject is in conflict or crisis — and which strategies will be most effective to defuse the situation.
  • Better ensure your approach and control strategies maximize response options and minimize unnecessary escalation.
  • Balance the desirability of trying to resolve a conflict peacefully with the need to maintain officer and citizen safety.
  • Recognize barriers to effective communication that officers commonly use unintentionally.
  • Debunk myths about de-escalation that may jeopardize officer or citizen safety.
  • Enhance your ability to make a connection, establish rapport, and apply effective principles of persuasion.
  • Develop skills to assist investigators and others reviewing uses of force to recognize the pivotal situational and behavioral factors that must be considered when assessing whether de-escalation efforts might have been feasible and potentially effective.
  • Explore ways to help community members and the media better understand what realistic de-escalation entails and the challenges that subjects may present that can inhibit, if not prohibit, an officer’s ability to safely de-escalate.

You’ll also learn critical Force Science concepts, including the “Response-ability Zone” and the “7 T’s De-Escalation Evaluation Model,” that you can use to evaluate tactics that are needed or likely to be successful in the de-escalation process.


We have applied for eight hours of POST credits for this workshop. Approval is anticipated. Please check back for updates.  

Dates & Locations

Sept. 27 — Cottage Grove
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (check in starts at 8 a.m.)

HERO Training Center
10125 85th St. S (view map)
Cottage Grove, MN 55016

Register now for the Cottage Grove workshop

Sept. 28 — Waite Park
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (check in starts at 8 a.m.)

The Park Event Center
500 Division St. (view map)
Waite Park, MN 56387

Register now for the Waite Park workshop 


$50 for League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust members
$295 for non-League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust members
LMCIT is subsidizing this workshop for our Trust members so you can take this nationally recognized course for nearly $250 less than normal! Fee includes lunch and breaks.


Randy Hahn, Captain (Retired)
Instructor, Force Science Institute

Randy Hahn retired from the Alaska State Troopers at the rank of Captain with more than 26 years of experience. During his time with the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS), he served in a wide array of roles, including specialty units, Deputy Commander of the DPS Training Academy, and numerous other training assignments. He has significant experience in tactical operations and tactical command and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s 103rd Administrative Officer’s Course. He has since transitioned to private industry and serves as the training director for a large security company in Alaska. Certified as a police instructor for over 28 years, Hahn’s instructor credentials include emergency vehicle operations, multiple firearms, pepper spray, defensive tactics, CEW, Use of Force, Police K9, SWAT, De-Escalation, and a number of others.