Police Chief talks to CBS News about Racial Intelligence seminar

Albert Einstein and policing…

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Einstein said this many years ago… yet the same training has been taught to police officers over and over again, expecting different results on the street.

Leaders that attended the first Racial Intelligence Leadership Training of 2017 would agree. They came to get something fresh and NEW to bring back to their officers, to improve their department, and to show the community, “We care about you!”

Chief Jeffrey Scott of Notre Dame College Police Department hosted the training. Chiefs and command staff from multiple departments attended, including representatives from the Ohio Police Chief’s Association, the Ohio State Collaborative, and from OPOTA (Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy). CBS 19 Cleveland reported on the training; below is the news report and video that played on the 6’oclock news.

SOUTH EUCLID, OH (WOIO) – Lacey Crisp, CBS 19 Reporter

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.

It’s a way to leave emotional issues at home, and have a positive attitude facing the public.

“If we are having a bad day before we come on duty, it’s going translate to a bad day with the public we deal with. That’s not fair to the public,” Scott said.

Some of the lessons learned work both professionally and personally.

“Although it’s directed toward police training, the whole situation with police intelligence applies to us in our personal life as well as our professional life.  My wife will be pleased to know there’s a lot of things I’ve learned today,” said Joel Brown from the Ohio Association Chief of Police.

[bctt tweet=”Racial intelligence training combines emotional and social intelligence with the RITE tools.” username=”RiteAcademy”] [More photos from the training Here]

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