YPD holds two training classes for officers

September 17, 2019

In an ongoing effort to have a highly responsive and progressively trained force, Yale Public Safety offers yearly mandatory training.

Recently, 20 Yale police officers completed Kingian Nonviolence training. This is based on the teachings and philosophy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the course of a month the officers participated in six sessions. The first session involved training the trainer. This featyres learning how to relay the nonviolence information from the other five sessions to other Yale police officers.

With Kingian Nonviolence training, individuals learn how to address the issue of conflict without resorting to violence. It provides a framework for conflict reconciliation management and mediation that can be applied to all areas of conflict in daily life. Participants learn to: (a) analyze and identify different forms of conflict, (b) memorize the Six Principles and Six Steps of Nonviolence social change, (c) gain a historical perspective on significant nonviolence campaigns that changed laws in the United States, and (d) develop cooperative problem solving strategies needed to improve the community environment by decreasing tension and hostility.

“Standard police training centers around extreme cases and how to handle something very hands on. This training gives officers a different perspective. It will help us look at some cases where a non-violent response can be applied to handle particular situations,” Lieutenant, Frank DeCrescenzo.

De-escalation Training

The entire Yale police force is undergoing another round of de-escalation training. Part one of this training was offered last year.

In part-two, it includes three sessions over six days and focuses on the initial connection an officer has with a person or situation. The training includes learning how to apply de-escalation tactics as opposed to a use of force in certain situations. Officers now have more tools and can use these newly-learned tactics and only resort to force when necessary.

“With this training, we are hoping to give our officers some new tactics to help them deal with a variety of situations and issues. Including, how to recognize people dealing with mental health issues and how to approach certain situations and individuals appropriately and safely,” said Lieutenant DeCrescenzo.