Module 2:
     The Critical
     Model (CDM)

Recommended Time: 2 hours
Primary Audience: Patrol Officers
Module Goal: Through classroom instruction and discussion, introduce and explain the Critical Decision-Making Model (CDM) for use by patrol officers in managing critical incidents, especially those involving subjects who are not armed with firearms and who may be experiencing a mental health or other crisis.
Required Materials Digital presentation (PowerPoint, videos); lesson plan
Learning Objectives At the completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the key principles of the CDM.
  • Explain each of the five steps of the CDM.
  • Explain the principles of threat assessment, including dynamic risk.
  • Understand and articulate the benefits of the CDM.
  • Use the CDM to describe the actions of a police officer handling a critical incident, through a video case study.



To make the best use of this module, use the materials provided to facilitate and guide a discussion.

Module 2 Video Links