Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,500,000)
Law enforcement faces increased scrutiny in its use of force and its overall place in society. This has led to calls for increased training and reform, though more extreme measures have been proposed. One of the most realistic proposals is training officers to de-escalate situations to reduce the need to use force. Fort Hays State University (FHSU), as a Regional Training Center of the National De-Escalation Training Center, has been at the forefront of this issue. Moreover, FHSU has taken a leadership role in crafting a national network of training centers by recruiting agencies, developing research capacities, and developing evidence-based capacities. These efforts will be expanded upon significantly through the following proposals. First, FHSU will solicit law enforcement agencies’ participation across the nation through a comprehensive advertisement campaign. Second, it will expand its research capabilities by devoting significant resources to analysis. Third, it will expand on its efforts to advance evidence-based policies by sponsoring a research and training conference, which will serve as a means of disseminating lessons learned and best practices. Finally, it will support the national network of de-escalation training centers through targeted investments to promote long-term feasibility. This proposal seeks funding for 36 months to achieve these goals.