Derrick Washington

Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office To Host Wisconsin Jail Association Worship On Verbalization, Proxemics, Bystander Mobilization and Crisis Intervention Strategies

The Wisconsin Jail Association is conducing an eight (8) hour workshop on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Milwaukee Country Sheriff’s Office Training Academy (9225 South 68th St, Franklin). Instructors for the workshop are from Vistelar, a Milwaukee-based conflict management training company, and will include Gary Klugiewicz, Joel Lashley, Pete Jaskulski, Mike Mastaw, Derrick S. Washington, Sr, Jill Weisensel and Bob Willis. Online registration is at

Gary Klugiewicz, Director Training at Vistelar, said, “We are excited to be putting on this workshop for Wisconsin correctional professionals.  This cost effective, information packed, training event will provide valuable additions to the attendee’s tactical tool belt while introducing them to the valuable resources provided by the Wisconsin Jail Association.”

Here is just some of what attendees will learn:

  • Staying safe and defending your verbal and physical response in a video rich world
  • Communicating with, persuading, and non / de-escalating people who are different from you
  • Utilizing Point-of-Impact Crisis Interventions (P.I.C.I.) tactics that reduce conflict and promotes safe resolution
  • Developing your tactical verbal response and translating it into your verbal testimony and written reports
  • Mastering tactics for controlling distance, relative positioning, and proxemics to stay safe in close quarter encounters.
  • Using Bystander Mobilization to get people to intervene before things get out of hand.
  • Keeping everyone safer with RIPP restraints during non-cooperative prisoner escort / transportation.

The normal cost of the workshop is $35.00 but it’s free for those who attended the 2015 Wisconsin Jail Association Annual Conference. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

The Wisconsin Jail Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting those who work in and operate Wisconsin Jails. Vistelar is a global consulting and training organization focused on preventing and managing conflict at the point of impact (

Mall of America VDI Instructor Training


Hello, this is Derrick S. Washington Sr.

Gary Klugiewicz and I completed a Verbal Defense & Influence Instructor Training Course in Bloomington, MN today. We had a wonderful time training 23 amazing professionals from different disciplines. Our hosts for the training this week were the public safety staff of the Mall of America.

There were participants from Guam, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. Being able to teach contact professionals, tactics that can help them in their professional and personal life is very rewarding. Verbal Defense and Influence teaches non escalation drills that provides the participants the necessary tools to keep them safe no matter where the contact ends up, while looking good during the process.

Below Gary and I posed for a photo with the participants of the class.


MOA 2015 VDII Class Photo

Gary Klugiewicz, Derrick Washington, Mall of America, Training

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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[Video] Profanity: Don’t complicate a great arrest

Good Speak vs. Bad Speak – Strong Message / Strong Language

Within the Verbal Defense & Influence Training Program we have developed the concepts of Good Speak and Bad Speak. Good Speak generates voluntary compliance, cooperation, and collaboration between the speaker and his/her audience while Bad Speak hinders this process. While some police trainers extoll the value of “Tactical Profanity”, the use of profanity during law enforcements contacts, Vistelar places this in the category of Bad Speak.

Harry Dolan explains the value of following the Sterile Cockpit Rule in professional contacts. Professionals, like pilots, should remember the talking about personal matter or using non-professional language can lead to crashing the plane or landing at the wrong airport. Therefore, only professional language is allowed to be used on duty. Profanity does not represent the use of professional language. It should be avoided at all costs.

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Derrick Washington, Sr. recently share a tactical tip with us that illustrates this point. His department had a great SWAT Call in process – meaning that they had taken Drugs, Guns, Money, and People. Everything was going great until one of the suspects complained after his arrest about being called a M.F. (Contact me if you need to know what M.F. stands for.) This generated a complaint the “tarnished / complicated” what would have otherwise been a great bust. It also resulted in several hours of intense training for these tactical operators working on saying and doing the right tactics during high risk stabilization arrests.

Watch the video and let us know what you think.

Derrick, thank you for sharing your experience and insight.