How we train in advance absolutely determines how we will react in the moment—especially when confronted with a fellow officer’s unnecessary, unreasonable, or disproportionate actions.
Now more than ever, police officers must arrive at the scene armed with an arsenal of de-escalation strategies. This includes knowing how (and when) to deploy these tactics to de-escalate our badged colleagues.
Sworn officers often fail to intervene because they are literally, in that moment, incapable of perceiving what is happening around them. Research indicates that when police officers fail to act, they are almost always in the grip of an “Uncontrolled Freeze”: their bodies are frozen because their minds are racing. “I must be missing something,” they say to themselves. “Why are they acting like this? What’s going on? Is there a loose weapon that I missed?”
Uncontrolled Freeze is no different from uncontrolled Fight and uncontrolled Flight. These are neurophysiological responses hardwired in the human brain for our protection and can result in a loss of fine and gross motor control, tunnel vision, and perceptual distortions.
MILO’s immersive simulation training systems are designed to trigger these intense emotional and physiological reactions. MILO-Cognitive offers curriculum solutions, like VOICE: Duty To Intervene, a science-based program that equips professionals within the law enforcement community with the tools to question decisions, speak up, and challenge behaviors more frequently and tactically—on behalf of themselves and others.
Your officers will have the opportunity to practice the necessary skills to avoid getting locked into an uncontrolled Fight/Flight/Freeze reaction. They will become adept at maintaining situational awareness and applying appropriate interventions as early as possible.