Kids & Cops Program Introduced
This article was originally published on Fox News 31.
DENVER (KDVR) – The Denver Police Department has a new partner in building relationships with the community, and they say it is more important now than ever before.
Months before protest groups started clashing with police, DPD started a new program to help its officers understand different community groups.
Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen has focused on community policing for a while. At the beginning of this year, he started a new training day for new officers, when they learn about emotional intelligence, social and emotional learning, and interacting with youth.
Lt. Wyatt said, “Chief Pazen heard about this program in San Jose, and he brought that program to Denver this year. We start with new recruits once they complete the academy, before they hit the streets. We provide them with a full day of training on different groups in the community.”
It is called “Historical Perspectives on Policing and Building Trust in the Communities We Serve."