Improved Officer Morale and Protected Reputation

Vistelar training and consulting services focus on addressing the entire spectrum of human conflict at the point of impact from before an interaction begins through to the consequences of how an interaction is managed.

We categorize our training and consulting services into twelve areas, three of which are represented by Vistelar’s Physical Alternatives graphic. You can learn about the other nine areas by clicking on a link at the right.

Here is a brief orientation to this graphic.

Non-Escalation/De-Escalation is listed first to highlight the importance of considering these tactics before deciding to physically engage.

Be Alert & Decisive and Respond, Don’t React are located on the sides to emphasize that these tactics should be considered at all times prior to and during an interaction.

Guardian Mindset and Disengage or Engage are listed next to indicate that these tactics should be applied in advance of any interaction.

If physical engagement occurs, there are three options:

  • Control Alternatives
  • Protect Alternatives
  • Stop the Threat Alternatives

Stabilization is listed next to emphasize the need to stabilize the situation (e.g., verbal attacks stopped, recovery from crisis, everyone is safe) before ending the interaction.

Closure is at the bottom of the graphic to indicate that this tactic should always be the final step of any interaction.

The Physical Alternatives graphic is one component of Vistelar’s Systemized Structure of Tactics, which makes our methodologies easy to learn, remember, apply, and teach. In our training programs, we use these systemized-structure-of-tactics graphics in the form of physical cards that serve as handy reminders of what is taught and practiced in class.