In this week’s On Policing release, Executive Director Sue Rahr (Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission) discusses the need for a culture shift in policing from a “warrior” mindset to a “guardian” mindset, and Chief Andrew Bidou offers insight into how law enforcement can build and improve positive relationships with the community.
Both essays share a common theme—law enforcement needs to take steps to bridge the growing divide between police and the communities they serve. Chief Bidou lays out concrete steps his department has taken to accomplish this, and he speaks to the overwhelming response his department has received. Director Rahr takes a slightly different approach, asserting that change needs to begin with a shift in focus in officer training and development.
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