Connecting Youth and Communities with Law Enforcement in Orlando
Fight Crime’s Police Training Institute presented to the Orlando Police Department and community youth
In mid-March, Fight Crime’s Police Training Institute presented their second training session to Orlando Police Department. Led by former law enforcement, the training session, called Connecting Youth and Communities with Law Enforcement (CYCLE), included 18 officers who attended the two-day course, which covers implicit bias, insight on adolescent brain development, and more. On the second day, 10 community members—mostly youth—participated in the training session, which included interactive role-play designed to bring youth and officers together. These scenarios provided opportunities for police to practice listening skills, de-escalation, response to adolescent behavior, and more.
The CYCLE trainings are proving to be insightful and meaningful for both police and the communities they serve. Upon learning about adolescent brain development, one officer said, “I have a totally new understanding as to why juveniles behave the way they do.”
And then there was this comment from a youth participant: “You see police officers in a different light. You get to understand their fears, their anxieties. I learned some new things that I did not know before.“
At the end of the session, there were high-fives all around.
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