Workshops & Training

Verbal Judo for Law Enforcement/First Responders Workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 9/30/22

Location: Maine Municipal Association, 60 Community Drive, Augusta ME 04330
Time: Registration: 8:00-8:30 am / Workshop: 8:30am-4:30 pm
Cost:  MMA Members: $150 | Non-Members: $300
Presenter: Robert Doherty, Verbal Judo Instructor and Portland Police Department Lieutenant

VERBAL JUDO is the only tactical communication course in America. The principles and tactics taught enable graduates to use “Presence and Words” to calm difficult people who may be under severe emotional or other influences, redirect the behavior of hostile people, defuse potentially dangerous situations, perform professionally under all conditions and achieve the desired outcome of the encounter.

Who Should Attend:

This workshop is geared specifically towards law enforcement professionals, including public safety and first responders.

Course Information:

Daily, officers must attempt to generate voluntary collaboration from difficult people, and we should train our officers in this most difficult and important art. Our officers must be as competent with words as they are with firearms. With the realities of 21st century policing, procedural justice, and building community partnerships, Verbal Judo is perfectly positioned to give officers the tools they need for success. Verbal Judo teaches the skills necessary to remain centered and focused during any verbal circumstance. You will learn to redirect behavior, diffuse difficult situations, and generate voluntary compliance from people not on their best behavior. Although people may not always like what they have to do, they will understand the need to be cooperative.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation notification must be provided in writing. Cancellations received before Tuesday, Sept 27  will be assessed a $10 administrative fee for processing. Any cancellation received after 9/27 at 9am will be charged the full registration fee. Please complete this form to cancel your registration:

If you have questions, please contact the Educational Services Office at (800) 452-8786 or (207) 623-8428 or


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