Peace Officer Initiative By introducing the words “PEACE OFFICER “ for example, on public safety vehicles or uniforms, a new framework is available to the department that positively shapes both the community and the police. It’s a community policing initiative that doesn’t diminish any of the reform changes which a department may have underway or planned, nor does it diminish any of the work its officers are doing to control crime. Instead, it’s framework through which every policy and practice can be filtered, including recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, rewarding and retention. The external components are the PEACE OFFICER markings which are used to signal to the public that the department intends to change. The internal components are the tools which the department uses to convey the meaning of PEACE OFFICER and how officers’ jobs will or will not change as a result. For example, the way police work is done is unlikely to change; but the way officers interact with citizens is likely to. For our toolkit and help with operationalizing PEACE OFFICER for your department, reach out to us here: Request more information.
“Policing is what we do, Peace Officer is how we do it.”– Chief Tighe O’Meara
Officer Cognitive Resilience Training For all officers, Cognitive Resilience Training is a one-day, evidence-based program that offers mainstream, intensive cognitive training to address stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. When studied in police officers and military veterans, this training resulted in reduced PTSD, burnout, anger and fatigue, and increased resilience and emotional intelligence allowing them to make better decisions while at work in their communities and in the field. Request more information.
Police-Community/Youth Dialogues The Police-Youth Dialogue is a 3.5 – 5 hour, facilitated conversation between members of the community, their youth and law enforcement officers. Dialogues are held with groups of 10-12 community members and an equal number of law enforcement officers. Participants first meet separately with their peer groups, then come together in a sharing circle. There are games, shared meals between youth and officers, role plays and meaningful discussions, led by trained law enforcement and civilian facilitators. During the process, officers and community members share from their personal experiences, to address stereotypes, biases and misperceptions, while facing issues and concerns that impact their daily lives. Through direct dialogue and dynamic interactions, layers of prejudice, stereotypes, bias, fear and mistrust are dismantled to help groups find common ground and building trust. Request more information.
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