The best way to develop these skills is through experience, and one of the best ways officers new to de-escalation training can get experience is through simulation training. Police training simulators
are more than just a use of force shooting simulator. They allow officers to experience complex scenarios and adapt in real-time to their actions. Officers can use their de-escalation techniques in 1000s of simulated scenarios ranging from a simple traffic stop to dealing with aggressive subjects.
These immersive role-playing simulations have multiple branching decision trees, which allow officers to refine all of their de-escalation skills, like maintaining their authority and presence without agitating an anxious subject, using the right tone of voice and body language, and separating a threatening subject from crowds without aggressive force. Throughout these simulated scenarios, trained and expert instructors can evaluate the performance of trainees, to help them improve their de-escalation skills.
Lastly, de-escalation training simulations can help police officers learn how to remain calm and composed in stressful situations, and use the least aggressive method to control a situation. In many cases, new police officers who haven't had de-escalation training get anxious and pull out their weapons too early. If a police officer, who is trained to enforce the law, can not remain calm, how can a normal civilian be expected to remain calm with the barrels of multiple firearms pointed at them? Therefore, de-escalation training is essential for police officers, and training simulations
are a very effective, safe, and cost-efficient way to train for it.