1. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Police Training Institute

Police Training Institute aims to teach police officers how to de-escalate conflict effectively and have safe, positive interactions with at-risk young people

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Transforming Interactions Between Police Officers and Youth

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In recent years, Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and other police-related incidents have sparked a national dialogue on how police officers interact with youth—especially youth of color. In an effort to improve interactions between young people and police, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids’ Police Training Institute aims to teach police officers how to de-escalate conflict effectively and have safe, positive interactions with at-risk young people. By coaching police officers and academy recruits, the Police Training Institute will improve public safety, cut violence, and decrease negative experiences for youth that can contribute to long-term health problems.

Led by current and former police officers, the Police Training Institute’s curriculum covers:

  • The differences in dealing with youth versus adults, including how brain development, unconscious biases and cultural differences affect interactions
  • De-escalation techniques to diffuse stressful and potentially dangerous situations
  • Alternatives to youth confinement, including community-based programs that address the root causes of criminal behavior

Four test pilot sites will begin implementing the Police Training Institute in early 2017. In an effort to measure the quality and impact of the work, an independent evaluator will evaluate the Police Training Institute. This evaluation will be used to measure the immediate and long-term outcomes on the law enforcement, youth and communities they serve, as well as improve the program.

To find out more about the Police Training Institute, contact John Shanks, Director, at jshanks@fightcrime.org or 202-407-7611.