An escalation training class for the Dublin Police was “horrifying” and she said she was “disgusted” after a “frightening” experience.
Ms Reilly, who has worked for Dublin City Council since 2014, said she had received a “terrible backlash” from her colleagues after posting the video online.
She said she initially thought she was doing a good job by showing how she used escalation to reduce tension between people and the police.
However, she said the video made her “really upset” and that she was now more wary of working in the force.
The woman, who was on her second day of escalation training in Dublin, said it took a while for her to get used to the idea of escalation.
“The instructor was actually very gentle and helpful.
We went through it in a couple of hours,” she said.”
He just said it was really good and he really enjoyed it.”
We were just told to just stay in the moment.
That’s the only time you have to say, ‘We are going to escalate this.’
“Ms Reilly said that the class lasted for an hour and a half.
She added: “It was very stressful because you’re in an environment where people are getting angry with you, where you are constantly being pushed around, and the environment is hostile.”
Ms Reilly’s training consisted of eight sessions, which lasted four days.”
It was quite scary.
It was a bit scary, but I had a very good teacher, he was very friendly and he was a very helpful instructor,” she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme.
The video was shared on social media and has been viewed more than 2.8 million times on YouTube.
Ms Dillon, who also works in the Dublin City Police, said that she thought the class was “very helpful” and said she “felt very welcome”.”
But it was very scary, the atmosphere was really hostile and it was intimidating, so I was a little bit scared,” she added.
She also said she would not have “gone to an escalation class” if she had not been told to.”
I have been trained and I have spoken to other officers that have gone to this class.
If I hadn’t been told that I would not be able to go,” she explained.
The Dublin Police Service (DPS) said that Ms Dillon’s training included four to eight hours of escalation and that her work was “completely supervised”.”
It is a matter for the officer, if they choose to participate,” a spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said that it was not the first time that escalation training had been included in the training.”
There are other areas of the force where there are training sessions for people who want to learn how to handle escalation,” the spokesperson said in a statement.”
As a consequence, we are now looking at training for the new recruits in how to manage escalation and escalate in other areas.
“Ms Dillon said that escalation is “not something you should be afraid of” and added that she has learned a lot from her experience.”
You never know what could happen if you’re not careful,” she concluded.”
If you’re trying to learn to deal with escalation, that’s why we have to take a lot of risks.
“Ms Doyle said that in her view the class “wasn’t about training”.”
It didn’t make any difference to me at all. “
It just happened.
It didn’t make any difference to me at all.
I think the only reason it took so long to learn it was because there were people there, and there was no training.”
Ms Quinn, who is also a member of the Irish Police Association, said there were no formal training sessions and that escalation was “a grey area”.
“The level of training in the Department of Police is quite low,” she admitted.
“So, the officers have to go out and do it and that’s it.”