NPD to take part in Police Training Institute’s Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Program

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 10/11/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

 The Norman Police Department is beginning a new partnership with The Police Training Institute by taking part in its Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Program. The objective of the partnership is to provide the agency with additional tools that can assist with its daily interactions with the youth in the Norman community.

In existence since 2016, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids uses a two-phase approach to develop and implement training for police agencies. The first phase involves research on the department’s current youth engagement and community outreach efforts. In the second phase, program personnel customize model training plans for a comprehensive curriculum. The result is a program that educates the agency and engages youth to bridge the gaps between law enforcement and the community.  

“Fundamental to community policing and crime reduction is the emphasis on police practices that promote the dignity of all community members – especially youth. For years, our agency has pursued a variety of programs designed to minimize
unnecessary stigma on young people who have had a negative encounter with the police. We have also reached out to at-risk youth through leadership training initiatives and positive youth/police collaboration and interaction efforts,” said Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey. “We now have an opportunity to partner with the Police Training Institute in an effort to affirm and recognize the voices of youth in our community and to facilitate their participation in police/community research and problem-solving.”

The Police Training Institute will begin the research phase of the project the third week of October. This phase includes site visits, listening sessions, ride-alongs, and town hall meetings to provide researchers the opportunity to
become familiar with the unique characteristics of the Norman Police Department, its patrol functions, and the Norman community.

Following the research phase, the Police Training Institute will craft the 16-hour law enforcement curriculum focusing on topics such as adolescent brain development, de-escalation skills and techniques, implicit bias barriers, and trauma-informed response protocols. All members of the agency will take part in the training.

We look forward to the pre-training and training visits because we have a consistent desire for
growth that will provide avenues for members of our community and members of our department to expand understanding and, ultimately, reduce crime,” said Chief Humphrey.