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Excited Delirium: Awareness, protocol development, investigation, and hands-on practical demonstration


Instructed by Lt. Michael Paulus, Michael Paulus Training, LLC

Course Description:

It’s four o’clock in the morning. The call comes in of a man, no shirt, sweating profusely, and

screaming unintelligibly. Five officers respond and after a few minutes of struggling to get

control of the man, the cuffs are on, but the man is dead.

This scenario has been repeated over and over in this country and around the world.

This full day course will give the attendee an awareness of what Excited Delirium is, what it

looks like, as well as common behavioral cues. There is a section on a possible response protocol

involving various stakeholders that will give the police department and the community a more

appropriate response to “a medical emergency that presents itself as a law enforcement

problem.”

There is an overview of investigative guidelines for the investigation of a Sudden Unexpected In-

Custody Death that appears to be an Excited Delirium incident. Lastly, there is a hands-on

practical section which seeks to show attendees a more effective way of bringing a person in the

throes of Excited Delirium under control. The goal is to reduce the length and intensity of the

struggle for the officers and the agitated subject.

OUTLINE:

Awareness of Excited Delirium, Characteristics of Sudden Unexpected In-Custody Death,

Behavioral Cues, Response Protocol.

Break

Building a multi-disciplinary response to a multi-factorial problem, identifying the stakeholders,

Decisions of each stakeholder, example of Champaign PD’s response protocol with EMS.

Lunch

Hands-on practical application of the Multiple Officer Control Tactic, how to work “smarter- not

harder” when controlling a person with superhuman strength, no sense of pain, and seemingly

unlimited endurance.

Break

Investigation of suspected Excited Delirium Sudden Unexpected In-Custody Deaths, why the

investigation will start out as a Use of Force incident, identifying the necessary medical

indications of a possible Excited Delirium death.

 

Lt. Michael Paulus

Michael Paulus

Michael Paulus

Michael Paulus is in his 25th year with the Champaign (IL) Police Department and is the
current Southwest District Commander in the Patrol Division. Throughout his career he
has served in a variety of assignments, including Field Training Officer, Patrol Sergeant,
SWAT Team Firearms Instructor, SWAT Team Sniper, Training Unit Sergeant, and the
Training and Development Lieutenant prior to his return to the Patrol Division.

His training experience includes being a Master Firearms Instructor, he is in charge of the
Department’s Control Tactics Cadre, he was a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
Instructor for 10 years, he is the Department’s Field Training and Evaluation Program
Commander, and has a Master Trainer Certification from Langevin Learning Services.
Lt. Paulus completed the Force Science Institute Certification course and has the title of
Certified Force Science Analyst. Lt. Paulus has also been trained in Forensic Analysis
by the Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death. Lt. Paulus is also a graduate of
the School of Police Staff and Command (Northwestern University Traffic Institute).

Lt. Paulus has given presentations to the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Illinois
Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners
Association, and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association
(ILEETA) on excited delirium awareness, response, and protocol development. He has
presented two times at the annual Institute for the Prevention of In-Custody Death
Conference in Las Vegas, NV. He is scheduled to present, with Dr. Thomas Scaggs and
Mrs. Laura Scarry, at the 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference
in Chicago in October. Lt. Paulus is also scheduled to present to the 2011 Illinois
Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) conference in November. He has held one-day
classes throughout Illinois and delivers a three-hour block of instruction as part of the
State of Illinois certified Crisis Intervention Team training. Lt. Paulus is also scheduled
to conduct trainings around the country this fall and winter.
His presentations include the Champaign county-wide response by law enforcement
and EMS which includes field sedation, by authorized paramedics, using Ketamine or
Versed.

Lt. Paulus was instrumental in developing and coordinating the implementation
of this protocol in Champaign County.

Courses:

Excited Delirium: Awareness, Protocol Development, Investigation And Hands-On Practical Demonstration
Excited Delirium Multiple Officer Control Tactic (MOCT) Train-The-  Trainer