Enforcement Professionals

Daily, officers must attempt to generate voluntary collaboration from difficult people, and we should train our officers in this most difficult and important art.  Our officers must be as competent with words as they are with firearms. With the realities of 21st century policing, procedural justice, and building community partnerships, Verbal Judo is perfectly positioned to give officers the tools they need for success.


Verbal Judo teaches the skills necessary to remain centered and focused during any verbal circumstance. You will learn to redirect behavior, diffuse difficult situations, and generate voluntary compliance from people not on their best behavior. Although people may not always like what they have to do, they will understand the need to be cooperative.

Verbal Judo De-escalation Through Intervention

This 21st Century based program is taught by experienced officers with decades of street and court experience. The training combines the proven techniques of Verbal Judo de-escalation, procedural justice, and neuroscience in new and realistic ways to address the needs of officers to de-escalate potentially disastrous incidents through intervention. The class includes verbal, proximal, and physical strategies to intercede when another officer is situationally, emotionally, or cognitively compromised. Using case studies and thoughtful class discussion, students examine several high-profile incidents where officers failed to intervene in calls which later resulted civil and or criminal liability for the officer and agency. This course outlines strategies for individual officers and agencies to create better outcomes and prevent future high-profile incidents through preplanning. 

“This training was invaluable and crucial for our office, and will be valuable for any law enforcement agency in these changing times. Thank you for working with us to get it scheduled with ease, and for putting together such a well thought out and easy to follow curriculum. Refreshing our Verbal Judo skills, leading into the neuroscience behind human behavior, and giving us law enforcement guardians training on skills to intervene while watching out for our colleagues was a brilliant way to layout the training. Thank you Mike, Sgt. Ziggy,  for being a compassionate, thoughtful, and entertaining instructor.”

– Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office