On May 9th through 11th, Tom and Rick attended the International Law Enforcement Forum (ILEF) in Vancouver, British Columbia sponsored by the NIJ (National Institute’s of Justice) and the Justice Institute of British Columbia. A special thanks to Joel, Andy, Collin, Ed, and Amanda for putting this together.
The forum provides an excellent platform for information sharing. In addition to the slew of suburb speakers, Tom presented to an international audience the current research and patrol guidelines in the Seattle area for responding and reporting on subjects with Excited Delirium Syndrome (ExDS). He spoke of two “saves” in the field that can be directly related to the training that the responding officers received. The protocols being utilized to more appropriately handle subjects with this condition are being adapted by departments everywhere. This training is certain to make situations safer for the subjects and the officers contacting them.