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Baltimore PD to Double In-Service Training Requirement for Officers

January 11, 2017  | 

Photo: Baltimore PD Facebook
Photo: Baltimore PD Facebook

The Baltimore Police Department is requiring all of its officers to go through 80 hours of in-service training this year — twice as many hours as last year — in order to ramp up their understanding of deescalation tactics, appropriate methods of interacting with youths and other community-oriented enforcement and engagement practices, Commissioner Kevin Davis said on Tuesday.

"The state of Maryland requires 40 hours, but I'm requiring 80 hours," Davis said. "A lot of that has to do with communication, deescalation, the use of less lethal tools, interactions with young people," reports the Baltimore Sun.

The shift is in part a response to a scathing report by the Department of Justice last summer that criticized the police department for failing to properly train its officers on those and other tactics. The announcement comes amid final negotiations between the city and the Justice Department over a court-enforced consent decree — expected to be finalized this week — that will likely mandate further training enhancements within the police department.

Since the Department of Justice announced it would be investigating the department in 2015, Davis has sought to independently introduce reforms to get ahead of the curve and show the police department is committed to improving. Among other changes, the department has also revamped its "use of force" policy to be more in line with national best practices espoused by the Justice Department.


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kevcopaz @ 1/11/2017 4:39 PM

We all know this is all political nonsense. This "training" is just more political correctness, federally mandated BS training that will cost $$$$ and every officer who attends will barely be able to stay awake and once they walk out of the class room will laugh it all off. Grow up folks, thesis a waste of tax payer money. A good cop knows how to treat others, minority or otherwise and can be weeded out by good street level supervision. ANY cop knows this type of training is a waste of everyones time. No doubt some friends of the Mayor (non cops) will teach it and make $ off the backs of the cops for very little reason.

djb032 @ 1/14/2017 2:53 PM

Sad!!! Don't reinforce to the public causing these problems, that if you obey the lawful orders of the police, and don't threaten the police there will be no reason to die at the hands of the police. Ninety-nine percent of the public understand what respect and obeying the law is all about. They understand what personal responsibility is and that there are consequences to unlawful actions. But no, instead the politically correct and no guts administration put it on the officers working the streets. They make them look like the problem, when the true problem is the entitlement crowd....once again the minority of loud mouthed thugs are causing the world to revolve around them. When is the administration going to learn that this way of thinking only empowers the the entitlement clan. They don't want to get along with the police, they don't want to earn or give respect.....they want to scream, loot, riot and destroy property.....and hide behind their race as they do it!!! Good luck officers of today, you're certainly going to need it!! Stay safe, and do not let these punks dictate how to do the job you are trained and sworn to what you need to do to stay alive and go home at the end of your shift!!

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