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APD takes EPIC ethics training with New Orleans police

Erica Zucco
May 25, 2018 06:25 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As the Albuquerque Police Department undergoes reforms to come into compliance with its consent decree with the Department of Justice, leaders are connecting with other departments the nation.

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New Orleans Police Department, another agency undergoing reforms, created a program called EPIC. On Friday, the department shared that training with APD managers and supervisors.

EPIC, which stands for Ethical Policing is Courageous, uses hands-on scenarios and role-play demos to teach officers how to defuse calls that start heating up.

"The subject is being irate with the officer, may also get frustrated and want to go hands-on with that subject. But another officer may intervene and say 'Hold on. Just take a minute. Step away and I'll talk to that subject," NOPD Academy Instructor Roderic Carey said.

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EPIC focuses on proactively preventing uses of force, rather than just punishing officers when damage is already done.

"This training has transformed NOPD in regards to a culture shift," NOPD EPIC Coordinator Terry Bean said.

Interim APD Chief Mike Geier said the whole department will get training, starting with this first group of supervisors.

"We, all of us, buy into it – from myself down," he said. "And we could be 'EPIC'd' by an officer if we're out of line, too. It's looking out for one another, and again, how we treat the community depends on our own attitudes."

NOPD believes EPIC has impacted their community.

"We have less complaints, now about 47 percent due to the EPIC program," Carey said.

It's an effect Geier hopes APD will see too.

"If we can prevent some of our own misconduct periodically and salvage some officers' careers because just one mistake can [ruin their career]," he said.

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