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Body Language, Threat, and De-escalation

Body Language, Threat, and De-escalation

  • Manassas, VA - 07/16/2024 04:30 AM

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in collaboration with the Washington/Baltimore High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) is pleased to announce “Body Language, Threat, and De-escalation” training presented by Behavioral Analysis Training Group. 


This class will help criminal justice officers recognize behavioral tells and body language associated with deception in a variety of applications. The topics include body language, communication mindsets, cognitive limitations, psychological aspects of deception, verbal analysis and questioning techniques. The course will be conducted in a participative, lecture-style format, supported by audio-visual presentations. The instructors will engage students actively, encouraging discussion, and sharing real-life scenarios to illustrate concepts effectively. This interactive approach ensures a more engaging and practical learning experience for the participants. We will be shortening the deception section to behavioral indicators only and adding a de-escalation section. We feel given today's climate, this is a critical component to law enforcement education

Who Should Attend

This training is only open to sworn law enforcement officers. 

Partial In-service Credit

Partial In-service Credit (PIC) for Virginia law enforcement officers will be available for this course.  


There is no cost to attend this training, however pre-registration is required.  


  • Select register

  • Fill in the HOTT Online Application and select Complete Registration

Travel, Lodging and Meals

Participants are responsible for their transportation and lodging arrangements and expenses.

Training Time and Details

  • Check in will begin at 8:00 a.m.

  • Course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 


DCJS Page Contact

Joshua Butts
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Training Coordinator
Law Enforcement and Public Safety Training
(804) 393-0565