Do officers of the LAPD undergo sensitivity training?
Recently, Chief Charlie Beck mandated that all Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers attend a training session to better de-escalate potentially violent encounters in regards to use of force. The “preservation of life training” focused on how to deal with members of the public who are mentally ill. Also, Police Academy recruits are given a four hour training on how to deal with issues within the LGBTQ community. Recruits also meet with members of the Watts Gang Task Force and are trained on cultural differences that they may not be familiar with. Additionally, recruits also partake in a course at the Museum of Tolerance. The course is geared towards building productive relationships with diverse communities. The course dives deep into defining racial profiling, legal considerations, the history of Civil Rights, community considerations, and ethical considerations.