Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Academy Sessions
The Innovative Policing Program puts on a series of sessions and workshops for the Metropolitan Police Department Police Academy.
Similar to the Police for Tomorrow Fellowship Program, these Academy sessions and workshops focus on issues such as police use of force, race and criminal justice, implicit bias, over-criminalization and mass incarceration, youth development and the impact of trauma and policing in marginalized communities. Georgetown Law students enrolled in the Project Based Practicum help facilitate and lead these sessions. Examples of Academy workshops include:
Active Bystandership Training
Jonathan Aronie, Police Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department Consent Decree, led this session, which focused on training law enforcement officers to intervene when necessary to prevent police misconduct.
A Visit with “Free Minds”
In November 2019, the IPP organized an academy visit for representatives of the group “Free Minds”, a DC-based non-profit that runs book clubs and creative writing and poetry workshops for incarcerated individuals. Several of the “Free Minds” speakers were former prisoners whose powerful stories left an impact on the police recruits and Academy Officials.
A Discussion with James Forman Jr.
Professor Forman is a Yale Law School professor and former Public Defender in Washington, D.C., where for six years he represented both juveniles and adults charged with crimes. He spoke at the MPD Academy about his book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America”, which explores the war on crime that began in the 1970’s.
A Discussion with Ron Davis
Ron Davis, former Chief of Police, East Palo Alto, CA; former Director, US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS); and Executive Director, President’s Commission on 21st Century Policing spoke to the police recruits about policing in a democratic society.