ICAT: Integrating Communications, Assessment, and Tactics


A Training Guide for Defusing Critical Incidents


ICAT is a new way of thinking about use-of-force training for American police officers.

ICAT takes the essential building blocks of critical thinking, crisis intervention, communications, and tactics, and puts them together in an integrated approach to training. ICAT is anchored by a Critical Decision-Making Model that helps officers assess situations, make safe and effective decisions, and document and learn from their actions.

The goal of ICAT is to enhance both officer safety and public safety. How? By providing police officers with more tools, skills, and options for handling different types of critical incidents, especially those that involve subjects who are acting erratically because of mental illness or behavioral crisis and who are unarmed or armed with a weapon other than a firearm.

Follow the links below to access the latest ICAT Training Guide materials. It is highly recommended that the “How To” section be read thoroughly before reviewing the individual modules.

How To Use the ICAT Training Guide

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: Critical Decision-Making Model

Module 3: Crisis Recognition and Response

Module 4: Tactical Communications

Module 5: Operational Safety Tactics

Module 6: Integration and Practice

ICAT Training Guide Report

Links to all ICAT videos

Presentation by Sean Goodison, Deputy Director of PERF's Center for Applied Research and Management: Evaluation and Assessment: Methodological Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Click here for information about the November 15th ICAT training session in Saint Paul


ICAT in the News


Disclaimer: The information and attachments contained in the ICAT Training Guide are designed to be used as a guide to the subject matter covered and should be thoroughly reviewed by your agency’s training academy, legal department and policy unit before implementation in your agency. This substantive agency review is to ensure that the material presented or suggested in this Training Guide conforms to and is consistent with your agency’s policies, training and legal guidelines. For maximum impact and effectiveness, PERF recommends that the Training Guide be implemented in a comprehensive manner, and not in a haphazard, arbitrary or piecemeal way. Further, PERF cautions against announcing and implementing changes in training before all relevant policies, equipment, and other operational considerations have been updated, as needed, to support the training. Accordingly, PERF shall have neither liability nor responsibility to any person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information, in whole or in part, contained in this Training Guide.