Among the provisions of the Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016 are fines for police chiefs as well as a loss of funding for agencies that do not implement de-escalation policies and training.
Many advocates of police reform are looking at de-escalation tactics and training as a means of reducing unnecessary police shootings. The Los Angeles Police Commission recently implemented changes to its deadly force policy to encourage de-escalation during encounters.
De-escalation and a reverence-for-life policing mindset are critical towards moving modern-day policing in a less militarized, more empathetic and life-saving direction. Hopefully additional agencies will take it upon themselves to change their policies and training in this manner.