Training day with the TPA

Version 2Getting out of your comfort zone is a must-do for journalists, in my opinion. That’s one reason why I felt it was important to take a training course for law enforcement put on by┬áthe Texas Police Association recently.

Most of the participants were Texas Department of Public Safety officers (and brass) who are now required to take the eight-hour verbal de-escalation class. It was an interesting experience, so I wrote about it in a piece that ran in Grits for Breakfast, the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle.

First-person pieces aren’t the norm for this series, of course – but I thought readers might be interested in this particular perspective. I hope you enjoy, and as always, welcome your feedback.

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