Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $410,000)
The funding requested in this proposal will allow the Oakland County Sheriff to provide and equip much needed training spaces specifically designed to address deficiencies. There are four essential blocks of funding addressed in this request: 1) Defensive Tactics / Mat Training Room, 2) Physical Fitness and Officer Wellness Equipment, 3) Firearms Training – Scenario based (UTM), and 4) De-escalation / Use of Force.
Specifically, Defensive Tactics / Mat Training Room will address equipment utilized to train officers in tactics that will reduce force, safely secure citizens, avoid injury, and to address any medical needs that should arise during the performance of their duties.
Physical Fitness and Officer Wellness equipment will be utilized to address a “whole officer” approach. Addressing the mental and physical heath of officers will directly affect how they respond to scenes, perform under stress, and have a direct impact on de-escalation by providing a more cognitive approach to citizen interactions.
Firearms Training – Scenario based (UTM) allows officers to train in the most realistic environment. Utilizing scenarios and simulation, including stress inoculation, has been proven to be the most effective way to train law enforcement.
Lastly, the De-escalation / Use of Force portion of the grant proposal addresses the need to train officers to utilize de-escalation as a first option and then to safely apprehend a subject if that de-escalation attempt is not successful.