CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — Cuyahoga County and Cuyahoga County Community College are teaming up to provide police officers new de-escalation training.
The new training will teach officers new de-escalation techniques, understanding their roles in protests, mitigating bias and building trust in the community.
The county is giving $250,000 to Tri-C to provide five virtual and 25 in-person training sessions for all officers within Cuyahoga County.
The county hopes this will allow all officers to have the same training.
“It is crucial that all law enforcement officers in Cuyahoga County know and understand techniques that will increase the chances of a positive, non-violent response or outcome and decrease the need to use force,” said Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish. “I look forward to being a part of Tri-C’s innovative program that is aimed at taking a proactive approach to training law enforcement and police officers in the County.”
“Throughout Cuyahoga County, there are more than sixty law enforcement agencies working to protect all of us. Tri-C teaches best-practice techniques that lead to safer communities and better outcomes for county residents, and I am proud to work with Tri-C to get the best training and resources for our front line officers so all County residents can be safe, secure, and protected," Cuyahoga County Councilman Michael Gallagher said.
The county did not say if the course would be mandatory for all police officers.