• Oct 12, 2023 - Oct 13, 2023
  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Criminal Justice Institute

This course introduces the innovative Integrated Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) training program, a forward-thinking, evidence-based approach designed to enhance use-of-force protocols. Developed by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) with contributions from hundreds of law enforcement professionals across the nation, ICAT equips first-responding officers with essential tools, skills, and alternatives for successfully and safely defusing critical incidents. Specifically tailored to address encounters with persons in crisis or those armed with non-firearm weapons, the curriculum emphasizes a comprehensive strategy over force.

At the heart of ICAT is the Critical Decision-Making Model, which guides officers through assessing situations, making informed and effective choices, and documenting and reflecting on their actions. This training program merges diverse skill sets into a cohesive framework, prioritizing scenario-based drills alongside lectures and case studies to foster a well-rounded understanding of tactical communication and assessment.

ICAT stands as an exemplary resource for law enforcement officers in various roles, including patrol duties, corrections, and those aspiring to specialized positions such as crisis negotiators. Its widespread adoption across police agencies of all sizes throughout the country underscores its relevance and effectiveness in contemporary law enforcement. Officers participating in this training can anticipate not only an enhancement of their operational competencies but also an improvement in their ability to ensure the safety and well-being of the communities they serve.