C2 was developed by Dr. Jonathan Page, a cognitive neuroscientist and assistant professor of psychology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvnia. A new concept to law enforcement, C2 incorporates "Tac-Talk," into a three-pronged training technique tailored specifically for policing. C2 training creates automatic patterns of behaviors officers need to maintain control of their cognitive functions, enabling them to better assess their environment, de-escalate and remain calm during critical incidents. C2 is scientifically based and has been experimentally tested to show its effectiveness in re-training the stress response to better preserve the safety of both the communities in which the Baltimore Police Department serves as well as the officers.
"This training places continual emphasis on providing our officers with a greater ability to be aware of their environment, and surroundings," said Police Commissioner Kevin Davis. "With C2, officers will be better equipped to slow situations down using automatic recognition of conditions, de-escalation and other techniques in order to resolve those situations peacefully. We are proud to take the lead and be among one of the first agencies in the nation to participate in this scientific based training developed by Dr. Page."
"For more than a decade, I have been pursuing new and more effective ways for law-enforcement officers to manage stress and stressful situations. Cognitive Command has introduced a brand new concept to law enforcement and it’s gratifying to see a department, such as Baltimore, be on the leading edge of law enforcement in adopting scientifically based training into its academy," said Dr. Page.
The first academy class to receive this innovative training began in January 2015. That class is currently in the third week of their field training in each of the nine police districts. The research surrounding the validity of the training will continue in the future through the scientific methods developed by Dr. Page and will be facilitated by the police department.