New training to assist police de-escalate potentially dangerous situations, resolve active armed offender situations and apply tactical first aid is being rolled out to all 11,500 officers across the state, Queensland Police say.
The Dynamic Interactive Scenario Training (DIST) is conducted at the Queensland Police Service (QPS) Academy at Oxley.
DIST focuses on enhancing officer’s practical policing skills, decision making and problem solving through scenario based training.
Importantly, Inspector Corey Allen said the training now includes sections on de-escalation and tactical first aid.
“De-escalation training provides police officers with techniques to draw upon in addition to their usual use of force options, with the aim of resolving incidents using the least amount of force necessary,” Inspector Allen said.
“Tactical first aid training gives officers the ability to provide lifesaving care to the public- and each other – when they encounter serious trauma.
“This intervention can improve recovery and survivability and has already been used by officers at serious road and aircraft crashes, marine incidents and cases of self-harm and gunshot wounds.
“This training has already saved at least 9 lives.
“This new curriculum will continue to be undertaken by officers during their annual training and upskilling with continuous development, along with any necessary inclusions or adjustments.”