Police & Minority Relations

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Monday, April 26, 2021 - 8:00am to 4:00pm

Now more than ever, police officers must learn to balance aggressive crime fighting strategies with an understanding that their actions may be perceived as racial profiling, civil rights violations, criminal offenses, or as mistreatment of citizens in the communities they are sworn to protect and serve.  Across the United States, police commanders and community leaders have engaged in numerous meetings to help heal and strengthen the relationship between law enforcement and minorities.  Although these efforts have made positive gains, it is the front-line patrol officer and street supervisor who are at the greatest risk of a hostile encounter.  This one-day course will help officers identify and understand the problem, communicate more effectively with minorities, ensure compliance with federal and state laws, prepare for hostile encounters, and continue to engage in proactive policing without jeopardizing their safety.

The instructor is a veteran of one of the largest police departments in the United States.  He spent several years working in an undercover capacity, targeting the most violent gang members and drug dealers in the community he served.  During those years, he learned invaluable information regarding not only the criminal views of law enforcement, but also how law-abiding citizens view their local police departments.  Sharing this unique experience with patrol officers and supervisors will put them in a better position to improve relationships in their communities.  This course is not designed to create an atmosphere of passive or reactive policing.  When that approach is taken, the criminals win and wreak havoc in the community.  In addition, it creates a more dangerous environment for police officers.  Rather, this course will focus on bridging the gap between law enforcement and minorities, while maintaining smart, aggressive strategies to deal with those who choose to violate the law.

Instructor:  Byron Boston

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Contact Info
Kevin Koontz: 217-819-4028 / kkoontz@co.champaign.il.us
MTU 12 - IL Law Enforcement Training & Standards Board
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