The Lawrence D. Bromley Training Center in downtown Martin provides police de-escalation training as now required under Tennessee state law and under consideration in other states. Because law enforcement cannot act alone to decrease negative police-citizen encounters and the lethality of these incidents, the Center also trains social workers and mental health first responders, citizen groups, and college students aspiring to police careers. All training is TN POST and CEU approved.
De-escalation training includes both classroom instruction and immersive virtual simulation, and the Center provides other training topics as needed. The Center’s comprehensive approach facilitates open dialog and reduced violence between the public and the police, positive community-police relationships, the quality of life and overall public health in our communities, and economic development.
Space for the Bromley Training Center is provided in the C. E. Weldon Building by the city of Martin, and the facility features a VirTra300 judgmental use-of-force simulator purchased through a USDA Delta Health Care Services grant. The Center is named in memory of Dallas, TX, Police Department Senior Corporal Lawrence David Bromley, a 1981 UTM Criminal Justice alumnus and native of Howenwald, TN, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on December 11, 1991, during an undercover drug enforcement operation.