Press Release: 20-Year Veteran Of The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department Joins Vistelar

Milwaukee, Wis.   – July 28, 2015 – Vistelar, the world leader in conflict management, announced today the on-boarding of a new certified trainer for its Verbal Defense & Influence program. Derrick S. Washington Sr. of Milwaukee, WI will be joining the team of talented trainers who teach Verbal Defense & Influence in both end-user and instructor certification formats for organizations and departments across the country.

Washington is a 20-year veteran of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, having been the lead trainer at the Training Academy for 7 of those years. Washington retired at the rank of Lieutenant and is looking forward to new opportunities training with Vistelar.

“Having been a trainer for much of my career, I am dedicated to providing the highest level of instruction to my students. I have been a follower and practitioner of Verbal Defense & Influence for many years and am thrilled to be a part of the team at Vistelar,” says Mr. Washington.

Kevin Scholz, President at Vistelar, said “ I have received thousands of hours of public safety training over the past 15 years and Derrick Washington has been, by far, the most effective instructor I have had. He was a key trainer on many topics at the Training Academy, which I attended in 2002. Given a significant spike in demand for Verbal Defense & Influence training, naming Mr. Washington a Vistelar Trainer enables us to deliver top quality instruction to more agencies.”

In addition to his experience at Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, Washington is a veteran of the United States Army and acted as the Safety Coordinator for Milwaukee Public Schools for 7 years where he trained and advised school administration and safety aides on safety and security matters district-wide. Washington has instructor certifications in Crisis Intervention, Principles of Subject Control and Defense & Arrest Tactics.

Vistelar is a global consulting and training organization focused on preventing and managing conflict at the point of impact – the short period of time when a tense situation can escalate to emotional and/or physical violence. Learn more at

Kati Tillema

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