14 September 2016

Police and Community Relations

For the week of September 18, 2016

Police and community relations in the US are strained, especially between law enforcement and the Black community. After the recent high-profile shootings of unarmed Black men as well as the killing of five Dallas police officers in July, how can trust be restored? Barry Shaul discusses how better police training can help solve police-community relations. But can these necessary trainings be adequately funded?

Guest: Barry Shaul, President, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation

  • Part 1 – 13:37

    Part 1
    “The misconception that a lot of communities have about the police is that the police don’t care,” says Shaul; he sees most officers, himself included, get involved in law enforcement to help the community. This year, The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Foundation gathered over 400 law enforcement officials for a training session on implicit bias—an example, Shaul says of officers not only caring about the community but showing a willingness to change.
  • Part 2 – 12:59

    Part 2
    The MCPF’s training addresses President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and trains law enforcement officers from all levels of their careers, whether a chief of police, midline officer or street cop. While law enforcement is funded by the government, Shaul says the MCPF exists because the funds are not enough. Still, he worries about consequences of police departments relying on funds from crowdsourcing and whether private and corporate donations can provide enough funds to cover necessary training.