This course is an overview of Code Enforcement practices. It will cover different types of enforcement that may come up in any one city or county as well as cover internal and external operations for effective inspections, noticing, and abatement procedures.
Officer safety is of vital importance and being aware of your surroundings plays a big part of keeping you safe. This class will go over tactics that will aid in assessing and responding to different situations while in the course of compliance inspections as well as it will cover some verbal judo techniques to assist in de-escalating tense situations. Being able to get out of situations without the need of physical contact and before situations escalate is vital.
Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the US suffer from mental illness and the numbers increase when it comes to serious mental illness. Many times code enforcement officers are tasked with inspections where they may come across an individual that may suffer some sort of mental illness and the approach to these situations are vital in keeping the code officer safe. On the flipside, it is also important to understand how to protect the code enforcement officer from PTSD as a result of traumatic events as related to code enforcement. This class will discuss Mental Health tactics in the field, as well as mental health tactics for the Code Enforcement Officer.