CHICAGO -- Chicago police officers are now getting mandatory training in how to defuse a tense situation without deadly force.
The police department hopes to train all 12,000 officers in de-escalation tactics within a year.
CPD says it's the kind of training that is designed to minimize the need for officers to use a gun or a taser.
The two-day training sessions recreate actual situations those patrolmen may face on the street.
The aim is to give them skills in negotiation and conflict resolution, so they won't find themselves in an avoidable shooting situation.