DPD JOINS NATIONAL ABLE PROJECT
he Denver Police Department has been accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.
Backed by prominent civil rights and law enforcement leaders, the evidence-based, field-tested ABLE Project was developed by Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program in collaboration with global law firm Sheppard Mullin LLP to provide practical active bystandership strategies and tactics to law enforcement officers to prevent misconduct, reduce officer mistakes, and promote health and wellness.
ABLE gives officers the tools to properly intervene when faced with inappropriate actions taken by their peers.
By demonstrating agency commitment to transformational reform with support from local community groups and elected leaders, the Denver Police Department joins a select group of 30 other law enforcement agencies and statewide and regional training academies chosen to participate in the ABLE Project’s national rollout. To date, hundreds of agencies across the country have expressed interest in participating.
Those backing the department’s application to join the program included Together Colorado, the Greater Denver Ministerial Alliance, Independent Monitor Nicholas Mitchell and Executive Director of the Department of Safety Murphy Robinson, who wrote letters of support.
Throughout the coming months, all DPD officers will receive eight hours of evidence-based active bystandership training. The ABLE Project is guided by a Board of Advisors comprised of civil rights, social justice, and law enforcement leaders.
For more information about the ABLE Project, visit https://bit.ly/3kZ9yJv.