Dr. George Thompson, the founder of Verbal Judo, died on June 7. According to PoliceOne, he had recently received medical treatment, and his passing was unexpected. He was 69 years old.
I never had the chance to train directly with Thompson, but learned Verbal Judo from instructors he taught, and from the book and videos he produced. Thompson’s work made an impact on how I policed, and made me a better officer.
I was skeptical of his techniques when I first learned them, but figured I would give them a fair chance. Once I started using them, I never turned back.
Godspeed, Dr. Thompson. You made a positive impact on the world while you were here, and I thank you for it.