PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – During the first half of November, all deputies assigned to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau participated in De-escalation and officer induced, jeopardy training led by members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team (SOT).
Deputies received additional training in time and distance, Taser case law, and de-escalation as part of the annual Taser certification. The classroom portion of the tactical enhancement course was a culmination of various reality based and practical scenarios where Deputies demonstrated de- escalation tactics, transition of force, and officer safety.
“Our deputies participate and are active members of the regional Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). It is incredible to watch a Deputy utilize the skills taught in those classes during the intense scenarios we ran them through the last few weeks,” Cpl. Nick DeFelice stated.
“The eight hour training block is the first in a series of bi-monthly roll call trainings that Sheriff Mike Evans has approved to better train the Deputies in our community. We have taken recent National events and created educational and reality based scenarios, that hone skills specifically dealing with citizens in crisis, while still promoting officer safety.” – Major Steve Jones, Commander of SOT.