Course overview

Trauma Responsive Policing is a course created to assist law enforcement in identifying children and adults who have been exposed to traumatic events, and to enhance their ability to successfully interact with vulnerable populations, while ascertaining the tools needed to help officers reduce crisis situations. This program focuses on a variety of important components such as identifying trauma and its impact on the brain, understanding The ACE’s Framework, illustrating the consequences of trauma on an individual’s behavior, and gaining knowledge of forensic interviewing and de-escalation techniques.

What you will learn

  • How to recognize the acute signs of traumatic distress.

  • How trauma impacts brain function.

  • How to differentiate between exposure to violence and trauma.

  • The developmental impact of childhood exposure to trauma.

  • Tools that help officers reduce crisis situations.

How you will benefit

  • Text length of individual points can be shorter or longer depending on your needs

  • Text length of individual points can be shorter or longer depending on your needs

  • Text length of individual points can be shorter or longer depending on your needs

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led online course

  • 4-Weeks to complete

  • 40 course hours

Who should enroll

The Trauma Responsive Policing course is intended for law enforcement professionals interested in enhancing their ability to interact with vulnerable populations and learning the tools to reduce crisis situations.


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  • When can I get started?

    You can start this course on the program start date as outlined in the course syllabus.

  • How does it work?

    After enrolling, you will learn and complete the course on the schedule set by the course facilitator - 2 new learning modules are presented each week for a total of 4 weeks.

  • How long do I have to complete each lesson?

    You will have one week to complete all of the lessons within each learning module. All of the lessons within a module must be complete before you are allowed to move to the next new learning module.

  • Are the instructional materials included?

    The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.