Mayor Joe Ganim on Monday greeted 26 new police recruits, including seven women, at the city’s academy.
The demographic makeup of the new class, according to data provided by the city:
African American 5
Bridgeport resident 14
From Dan Tepfer, CT Post:
“This is an honorable profession, don’t ever forget that,” Police Chief Armando Perez told the recruits. “We exist to serve and protect society–to serve and protect society.”
Anyone who violates that standard, the chief said, he will run out of the Police Department.
“Being a police officer is a tall order, but I know you wouldn’t be here if you weren’t cut out for it,” Mayor Joseph Gamin told them before administering the oath.
… Training for today’s police officers has changed to adapt to the problems now being faced by officers.
Police Capt. Rebecca Garcia, the head of the police academy, said among the new training programs recently implemented are de-escalation training for recruits and more programs aimed at forging a bridge between officers and the community.
“We want our officers to get acquainted with the people in the community and build a trust in the community,” Garcia said. “If you don’t have a relationship with the community then the community can’t trust you and that’s where problems occur.”
Full story here.