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We know that police officers and residents often have different prior beliefs and expectations about policing that inform how they interact with one another. Acknowledging this difference, and its potentially persistent role in shaping overall police-community relations, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC sought to equip officers with detailed knowledge of the local community and historical context. Working with history professors from the University of the District of Columbia Community College, MPD developed a novel training program—including a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture—to be delivered to all personnel. By teaching the history of the policing profession, particularly with respect to African Americans in the U.S. and specifically here in DC, MPD’s objective is to provide officers with a better understanding of the community’s perspective, which should empower them to engage more effectively with residents.

Join us for a panel discussion to learn more about the training, including why MPD launched it, how it came together, how officers are using this new knowledge in their daily work, and how The Lab is working with MPD to evaluate the effectiveness of the training.

The panel, which will be moderated by Interim Director of The Lab, Sam Quinney, features the project team behind this novel training program, including Executive Director of MPD’s Professional Development Bureau Marvin Haiman, Commander of the Metropolitan Police Academy Ralph Ennis, Dr. Bernard Demczuk and Dr. Sharita Thompson of UDC, Lab Fellow Anita Ravishankar, and MPD officers.

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