The Middletown Division of Police is hosting a two-day, Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement (RITE) for 20 officers around the state this week.
The training will be held Wednesday and Thursday in the City Building, said Chief Rodney Muterspaw. He said two Middletown officers will attend and they will train other Middletown officers.
Muterspaw called it “incredible training” and he said the RITE Academy has become “one of the most well attended, innovative and progressive” classes in the country.
Middletown Division of Police – Posted on MPD Facebook
“This is a great tool to train our officers in de-escalation of incidents. It benefits us and those we deal with on a daily basis.
This training isn’t just about race, it is about emotional intelligence and decision making. We sent three of our officers up to Cleveland for the class a few months ago and they loved it.
One of our goals is to keep our officers safe and make our community more at ease when dealing with potentially bad situations. That is what this training does.
Looking forward to the RITE Academy!”
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio The Notre Dame College Police Department is hosting a train-the-trainer course on racial intelligence with de-escalation and cultural diversity training for law enforcement officers on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7 and 8, in the College’s Administration Building, Room 120. The sessions will go from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. each day. Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road, South Euclid, Ohio 44121.
The course has been designed to address issues the Ohio Collaborative is currently facing and discussing, especially the new Bias Free Policing Standard. Participating officers will learn from experts in the field and then take the course information back to their officers and departments. Read more…
News release issued Friday (Jan. 26) Chief Tim Lentz is proud to announce two officers with the Police Department are now certified cultural diversity trainers with an emphasis on de-escalation techniques. Sgt. Jake Lehman and Detective Kevin Collins recently returned from Norman Oklahoma where they attended classes to become certified instructors conducted by the RITE Academy.
After Chief Lentz was appointed Chief of Police, he recognized the importance in educating his force on the importance of cultural diversity by bringing in nationally recognized expert Capt. Michael Crawford. Now with two certified instructors on staff, training can be implemented more frequently and more convenient to our officers. As previously mentioned, as we build our community relationships, we build public trust. Read more…
CENTRAL FALLS – The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing has recommended training program standards and strategies that address changing police culture and organizational procedural justice issues (cops.usdoj.gov, 2015). To that end, the Central Falls Police Department is hosting Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement™ (RITE) “train-the-trainer” course November 17-18 at the Wyatt Detention Facility Training Center.
“Racial Intelligence is the practice of using Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and the RITE Tools, to treat ourselves and others fairly.” Basically this is “emotional intelligence” training coupled with “cultural diversity”.
CHARLESTON, WV – On Tuesday October 4th at 11am in Charleston City Hall, Charleston community leaders are joining with the Charleston Police Department to unveil an ambitious new 8-point collaboration aimed at building upon Charleston Police Department’s role as a national leader in the arenas of race relations, community policing, and youth engagement.
The plan includes 8 major advances:
- Implementation of De-Escalation training. This includes having sent 5 CPD officers to become certified de-escalation trainers through the nationally accredited RITE curriculum, and a May training for every CPD officer that has already happened on de-escalation.
- Publishing monthly arrest statistics across race, age, gender, and cause of arrest– for the purpose of educating officers and citizens about crime trends and possible causes of racial arrest disparities.
- Startingin November, plans to implement state of the art body camera technology and national best practices for body camera use policy to make sure the devices are protecting both officers and citizens.
Today and tomorrow, that’s happening at Notre Dame College, where the police department is hosting a specialized training course. The goal is to give officers the tools they need regarding ‘racial intelligence’, as well as de-escalation and cultural diversity.. With hopes that tense situations in the field may not turn deadly.
A new racial intelligence training program is hoping to calm both police officers and the community before interactions get out of control. “Racial intelligence training is a combination of emotional and social intelligence combined with the RITE tools to treat ourselves and others fairly,” said Randy Friedman of the RITE Academy.
Police are learning to identify their own biases and emotions they bring to the job every day. “It starts with us. Everything we do starts with us, making sure we have the right mind set. That we are well in mind, body and spirit so as we approach situations,” said Chief Scott.
RITE in the News
South Euclid, OH – The News-Herald
POSTED By Tawana Roberts: March 3, 2017It took place at at Notre Dame College in South Euclid and the college Police Department hosted the “Train-the-Trainer” course on racial intelligence.
“When we see the word racial — it is not just black and white,” said Notre Dame College Police Chief Jeffery Scott. “It’s every color, every dynamic, every stretch of the culture you can imagine and how we can apply every bit of this. Read more…
Middletown, OH Journal News
Middletown’s police department is committing to training officers in new policing techniques and being more involved in the community, according to police Chief Rodney Muterspaw.
Responding to questions on immigration, undocumented immigrants and sanctuary cities, Muterspaw wrote on the department’s Facebook page: “we will enforce the laws that are on the books in Ohio.”
To help in those efforts, the police department will send three officers to the RITE (Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement) Academy.
The training offers more than information about race, he said, noting that officers and dispatchers encounter different cultures, classes and religions.
Officers from the Central Falls and Pawtucket police departments on Thursday and Friday participated in a rigorous two-day course to educate them on racial biases and how to appropriately handle high-pressure situations.
The departments over the two days at the Wyatt Detention Facility Training Center participated in a Racial Intelligence Training and Engagement, or RITE, “train-the-trainer” course, which served as a way to educate the departments on cultural diversity through a new lens, identifying “implicit bias” and improving communication to deescalate high pressure situations.
When Charleston PD Training Commander, Chris Johnson called RITE last January he said, “we have a very pro-active Chief and department, and RITE training fits our needs.”
Two months later, five officers became certified as Trainers in Racial Intelligence, in order to roll it out to their entire department. Some thought this was the same old cultural diversity class they’d have to take back and “brow-beat” their officers with. They quickly learned, this course is about building officers, not breaking them.