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De-escalation Techniques from Behind the Wall

Tue. Mar 23, 2021 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Talk by Dr. Eric Clark, assistant professor of criminal justice

In the past several years, our American criminal justice system has been widely criticized for routine police encounters resulting in citizen deaths. Much of this scrutiny emanates from the failure to use de-escalation techniques, which have been found to be effective in correctional settings. This lecture seeks to examine how closed-custody correctional de-escalation methods could improve outcomes in police detention and arrest incidents with the public.

Free and open to the public, this series is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Columbia Patuxent. Participants are asked to RSVP at or by emailing Information about accessing the virtual lectures will be provided closer to the event date.

About the Speaker: Dr. Eric Clark earned his professional doctorate in criminal justice from California University of Pennsylvania, where his doctoral research was titled, “Identify Best Practices for Reducing Unnecessary Use of Force by Police When Making Arrest in Urban and Minority Neighborhoods.” Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in 2017, he served as an adjunct instructor at Howard Community College. He is a retired law enforcement officer with the United States Marshals Service and consults as a certified legal expert on prisoner operations, use of force, and firearms safety.

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