Grace under Fire for Law Enforcement:

04-01-20 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Central Illinois Police Training Center
Address: 5407 N University St, Peoria, IL 61614


Brian Fengel, Director
Illinois Central College-Peoria Campus-Poplar Hall
Office P100
Classroom P101
5407 N. University Street P100
Peoria, IL 61635-0001
Phone: (309) 690-7350
Fax: (309) 690-7359
Jean Swan:
Heather Grove:

Grace under Fire for Law Enforcement:
De-Escalation and Calming Aggressive and Emotionally Disturbed Individuals

Instructor: Ellis Amdur M.A., N.C.C., C.M.H.S., Edgework: Crisis Intervention Resources

April 1, 2020
8am – 4pm

Class will meet in our classroom (above)
Enrollment Deadline: March 26, 2020
Course Size: Minimum -15, Maximum – 64
Course Objective

A tremendous amount of information is packed into a very short time. Officers find that some information is more directly relevant to their role as first response or corrections officers. After some time trying to implement the skills they have learned, they sometimes find that they could use more information in one area or another. Furthermore, things come up that were not part of the training whatsoever.

Course Content

The following topics will be covered in this one – day course:

  1. The Guiding Principals in Dealing with the Cycle of Aggression
  2.  The Reasons Someone Would Become Aggressive
  3. What Escalation to Aggression Looks Like
  4. Communication with the Mentally Ill and People with Volatile Character Traits
  5. Officer’s Physical Organization in the Face of Anger
  6. Tone & Quality of Voice
  7. The Art of Lining up with Angry Individuals – Strategies
  8. Following the Access Route
  9. Tactical Paraphrasing – The Gold Standard
  10. Break the Pattern!
  11. Control of the Enraged Individual
    1. Chaotic Rage
    2. Terrified Rage
    3. Hot Rage – Fury
    4. Hot Rage – Bluffing
    5. Hot Rage – Manipulative
    6. Predatory Rage
    7. Deceptive Rage
Instructor Biography

Edgework founder Ellis Amdur received his B.A. in Psychology from Yale University in 1974, and his M.A. in Psychology from Seattle University in 1990. He is both a National Certified Counselor and a State Certified Child Mental Health Specialist. Since the late 1960s, Ellis has trained in various martial arts systems, spending thirteen of these years studying in Japan. Since his return to the United States in 1988, Ellis has worked in the field of crisis intervention.

He has written a number of books on the verbal de-escalation of aggression and communication with mentally ill persons. His new book, The Thin Blue Lifeline, co-written with Sgt. John Hutchings of the Olympia Washington Police Department, is due to be released in the Spring of 2011.

Ellis is a dynamic public speaker and trainer who presents his work throughout the United States and internationally. He is an experienced and well-known instructor for police officers in the de-escalation of mentally ill and aggressive individuals. His specialty is boots-on-the-ground, face-to-face encounters with the individuals of concern. He is fully aware that police officers must establish and maintain safety. Therefore, Ellis focuses on the recognition of patterns of behavior, rather than diagnosis.  His goal is for street officers to recognize in the subject’s behaviors — regardless of cause — patterns that he or she can work with to fully calm problem individuals. Failing that, these verbal tactics can aid in establishing control at whatever force level is required.

For a number of years, Ellis has presented at the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths as well as the Canadian Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Deaths regarding how to distinguish between Excited Delirium and psychotic episodes. He offers specific verbal de-escalation/control strategies to deal with either of these states. In addition, he teaches basic and advanced CIT classes for police, and conducts specialized courses for tactical and hostage/crisis negotiation teams.

Ellis Amdur is noted for his sometimes outrageous humor as well as his profound breadth of knowledge. His vivid descriptions of aggressive and mentally ill people and his true-to-life role playing of these behaviors give participants an almost first-hand experience of facing the real individuals in question.

Course Certification Information
MTU 7 request for certification of this course has been  approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Mobile In-Service Training Team #7 Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board
Meets mandatory guidelines set for the following: Human Rights, Procedural Justice, Use of Force and Introductory Mental Health Awareness