Hello, this is Gary Klugiewicz.

Yesterday we launched a webinar series called Enhancing Police-Community Relations. The goal of this webinar is to build upon the efforts by law enforcement and community groups to come to a clearer understanding of the other side by communicating more effectively.

Several of our testimonials came to mind that show how we can be building relationships between any individuals or groups who find themselves in conflict.

The first comes from Robert Whiteside who is the Mission Health Security Director in Asheville, North Carolina. His experience follows:

“This is a brief account of what I learned in last week’s Winter Garden, FL Instructor class, as well as how I’m already using VDI in my professional and personal life.”

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Another example of building relationships by communicating and showing empathy come from Jose Varela and his Peace Story about how he was able to help a distraught bus passenger who didn’t speak English to get where he was going.

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The third – and one of my favorites – was what Bill Lewinski, Director Force Science Institute had to say about how Verbal Defense & Influence meshes with law enforcement.

“Verbal Defense & Influence provides the foundation for any truly effective law enforcement communication program.

In researching, teaching and providing expert testimony on police use-of-force for over forty years, I can definitively state that an officer’s communication skills are a major factor that serves as a foundation for almost all effective uses of force.

Let’s start with and emphasize training utilizing our most important ‘officer survival’ skill.”

And if you haven’t already registered for the free Enhancing Police-Community Relations webinar series, I encourage you to visit PoliceCommunityRelations.org to learn how building relationships through effective communication and showing empathy can move interactions from hostile to helpful.

 

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