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Containment and de-escalation training

Because they work on the road in urban areas, many police officers from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) are likely to act as first responders in a crisis situation.

That is why the SPVM offers them a containment and de-escalation training. By 2022, all SPVM officers will have completed this two-day training. The first day covers basic containment principles. It is a pre-requisite for the following day's course on de-escalation.

Responding to a crisis

First, the patrol officers develop the skills allowing them to establish a perimeter as first responders in an effort to contain one or more subjects and prevent the situation from escalating or moving.

They then take the course on de-escalation. Learning and integrating new communication skills enables police officers to direct the intervention so as to peacefully resolve a crisis or tense situation while ensuring their safety and the safety of others.

“Containment and de-escalation helps police officers ensure their interventions are in line with the situations they face in the field, in Montréal, in order to achieve minimal and proportional use of force.”

Jacinthe Boucher, Commander, Section de l’emploi de la force, SPVM

Experiencing potential complex realities on the field

During this training, participants will face scenarios and simulations, and practise the various notions learned in class in the field. The SPVM use-of-force coaches become actors. Professional actors are also involved. Feedback sessions reinforce the learning process.

Note: The containment and de-escalation training is part of the police training continuum in college, at the École nationale de police du Québec and on the job.