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ICAT: Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), 2016

ICAT: Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics is PERF's new report in the Critical Issues in Policing Series. This report builds on PERF's work over the last two years on re-engineering policies and training on use of force. ICAT represents a new way of thinking about how police officers can be taught to effectively and safely defuse critical incidents by bringing together communication skills, thorough assessment of the situation, and tactical strategies. The entire ICAT approach is centered on a Critical Decision-Making Model, which gives officers an organized process for thinking through challenging situations, and making decisions that are effective and safe for themselves and the public. Many police agencies are already providing training in some of these concepts, such as Crisis Intervention training and officer safety tactics. However, what is missing is the integration of communications, assessment, and tactics, especially when responding to persons in crisis. ICAT fills the gap in training for these types of dynamic and potentially dangerous encounters.

This report provides a summary of ICAT. The full Training Guide, including model lesson plans, video case studies, scenarios, and other resources, will soon be available on PERF's website. The online version of the full guide will be a "living document," continually updated with additional materials as they become available over time.

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