Interactions between law enforcement officers and community members can be tense because of the approaches used by the police to respond to high crime rate in their jurisdiction. In this case, verbal judo and de-escalation techniques can be used to diffuse the unforeseen situations during police interactions with the public. Importantly, verbal de-escalation has far-reaching implications that influence the thought process of the public towards the approaches used by law enforcement agencies to overcome high crime rate in the community. Hence, police officers can create an enabling environment where the affected individuals can share their issues and obtain feedback without encountering any challenges.
Law enforcement agents can be taught on the best approach to build a rapport with community members regarding the resolution of underlying issues affecting their relations. Notably, police officers can be empathetic when interacting with the public to demonstrate their ability to connect with individuals and develop quality relations that escalates beyond the formal contacts (Giacomantonio, Goodwin, & Carmichael, 2020). In the same vein, police officers should be willing to engage in problem-solving processes that influence the perspectives of individuals towards life. For this reason, applying empathy, building a rapport, and engaging in resolution techniques are some of the techniques police officers can use to apply verbal judo and de-escalation in their surroundings.
Law enforcement agents should create an enabling environment where the affected individuals can share their issues and obtain feedback without encountering any challenges. On many occasions, confrontations between police officers and the public emerge because of misunderstandings that hinder the establishment of meaningful relations that extend beyond the official interactions. However, applying verbal judo and de-escalation techniques has a significant impact on the thought process of individuals towards their interactions with law enforcement officers.
Giacomantonio, C., Goodwin, S., & Carmichael, G. (2020). Learning to de-escalate: evaluating the behavioural impact of Verbal Judo training on police constables. Police Practice and Research, 21(4), 401-417.