Police Officers Complete Special Training Program
According to a recent press release from the Alameda Police Department (APD), 70 out of 78 sworn officers (90 percent of the force) completed an eight-hour training course recently. The officers acquired skills that can help them build trust and improve public and officer safety. The training focused on procedural justice, police legitimacy and implicit bias.
Procedural justice emphasizes respect, listening, neutrality and trust. This leads to more people feeling they were treated fairly by police, and that their sense of identification with the police is enhanced. This treatment leads to an increase in safety, cooperation and compliance, and a decrease in stress, complaints and crime. Police legitimacy reflects the public’s view that the police are entitled to exercise authority in order to protect the community. According to the release, procedural justice leads to increased police legitimacy.
The third part of the training looked at implicit bias. This helps police understand when attitudes or stereotypes affect one’s understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner.
“I’m pleased that we were able to schedule the training for so many officers within a short window,” stated Alameda Police Chief Paul Rolleri. “The training reinforced many of the tenets we use in our everyday contacts.”
APD officers studied current research findings and used interactive exercises and videos to demonstrate the impact bias can have. The training evolved from a state effort designed to help law enforcement officers overcome barriers to neutral policing and rebuild trust between law enforcement and the community.
One area of research the course highlighted was Harvard University’s Project Implicit, which has a series of online implicit bias association tests. These tests help people better understand their unconscious biases. To discover more, visit https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html.
Officers in the department have also been participating in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) through Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services.
CIT provides law enforcement training for assisting those individuals with a mental illness and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members and the public. Space is limited for this training. So far 68 percent of APD officers have completed the 38-hour CIT course.
Bank Robbers Nabbed
A pair of brothers are being held in association with an Alameda bank robbery that took place in December (“Police Seeking Suspect in Recent Bank Robbery” Dec. 14, 2016). Russell Bartlow, 53, and Jerron Bartlow, 38, are being charged for their roles in five East Bay bank robberies including one at the Citibank at 2420 Santa Clara Ave. in Alameda.
According to police reports, the duo got away with $17,130 in the Alameda heist. All told the brothers stole at least $39,000 from banks here, and in Fremont, Oakland and Berkeley since last November.