By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A group of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday participated in a new de-escalation training course designed to teach deputies how to better de-escalate a crisis and resolve conflict.

The course in South Los Angeles was a first of its kind for public safety professionals, and organizers of the course say recent events underlie the importance of the event.

“Today we are just trying to make a difference in educating these deputies on newly de-escalation of force techniques,” said David Hochman of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Foundation.

Participants will have monthly check-ins on how to apply the course material to situations out in the field.