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Purdue University Police to host virtual verbal de-escalation training

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From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. today Purdue University Police Department is hosting a virtual  training course in verbal de-escalation. 

On Monday Purdue University Police Special Services Captain Song Kang said verbal de-escalation is a preventative self-defense mechanism.

It uses verbal communication and active listening to help calm an angry person to prevent a physical altercation.

This particular training session is free and open to the public.

Kang said that verbal de-escalation can be used anywhere; whether at work, in the classroom or even in social settings.

The class will even touch on using verbal de-escalation in issues of consent. Kang says the session will help people understand consent by stepping out of their own perspective and seeing things from another person's point of view.

Kang said officers from the Purdue University Police Department uses verbal de-escalation.

"This is another technique that our officers are using as well, so that we can pay attention to the people that we are dealing with out in the field," Kang said. "In case they are emotionally, again, mad at you, you can just go ahead and deploy the active listening skill and focus on the problem, rather than focusing on the person. Or, rather, you taking it personally."

But verbal de-escalation doesn't always work.

"It's not, obviously, a fix-all," Kang said. "So, there are times that, you know we as an officer have to take it to the next level. But, again, this is just a basic skill set. Or almost like a survival skill so that in case you are in a position that, you know, you are dealing with a out-of- control angry subject it's something that you can deploy while others are looking for, getting or calliing for help."

For more information on verbal de-escalation sessions reach out to Lieutenant Sarah A. Clark at the Purdue University Police Department. 

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