Upcoming ICAT train-the-trainer session in Decatur, Illinois:

ICAT: Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics

 A Training Guide for Defusing Critical Incidents


     ICAT is a new way of thinking

     about use-of-force training

     for police officers.



ICAT is a training program that provides first responding police officers with the tools, skills, and options they need to successfully and safely defuse a range of critical incidents.  Developed by PERF with input from hundreds of police professionals from across the United States, ICAT takes the essential building blocks of critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics, and puts them together in an integrated approach to training.

ICAT is designed especially for situations involving persons who are unarmed or are armed with weapons other than firearms, and who may be experiencing a mental health or other crisis.  The training program is anchored by the Critical Decision-Making Model that helps officers assess situations, make safe and effective decisions, and document and learn from their actions.  ICAT incorporates different skill sets into a unified training approach that emphasizes scenario-based exercises, as well as lecture and case study opportunities.


PERF has updated its ICAT curriculum and is developing a new process for distributing the materials. The Module 1 lesson plan and PowerPoint presentation, which includes embedded videos, are available at the links below. For the updated lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations for Modules 2-7, contact Dan Alioto at [email protected] or (202) 454-8337. These materials are all available free of charge.

Module 1: Introduction -- Lesson Plan / PowerPoint


Report: Implementing the ICAT Training Program at Your Agency

ICAT Training Guide Report

IACP/University of Cincinnati Center for Police Research and Policy study: Examining the Impact of Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT) De-escalation Training for the Louisville Metro Police Department: Initial Findings

Click here for a list of agencies implementing ICAT into their training curriculum


For more information about ICAT, please contact Tom Wilson ([email protected] or (202) 454-8328) or Jason Cheney ([email protected] or (202) 454-8331).


Disclaimer: The information and attachments contained in the ICAT Training Guide are designed to be used as a guide to the subject matter covered and should be thoroughly reviewed by your agency’s training academy, legal department and policy unit before implementation in your agency. This substantive agency review is to ensure that the material presented or suggested in this Training Guide conforms to and is consistent with your agency’s policies, training and legal guidelines. For maximum impact and effectiveness, PERF recommends that the Training Guide be implemented in a comprehensive manner, and not in a haphazard, arbitrary or piecemeal way. Further, PERF cautions against announcing and implementing changes in training before all relevant policies, equipment, and other operational considerations have been updated, as needed, to support the training. Accordingly, PERF shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information, in whole or in part, contained in this Training Guide.