DC Police To Learn About African American History

Contributed by Amaya Starkey

There has been a lot of discussion pertaining a new partnership intended to educate sworn and civilian members of a police department on African American history in Washington, D.C as well as the history of some of the district’s surrounding neighborhoods.

WJLA reports that the Metropolitan police are partnering specifically with the University of the District of Columbia Community College for this project. The department’s sworn and civilian members are set to participate in a program managed by the college history professors. The program will consist of a tour followed by a discussion at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. It will end with supervised neighborhood walks.

Police Chief Peter Newsham said to the Washington Post that he believes that some people may prefer to ignore America’s extensive history of racism and how this has affected law enforcement in the country.

However, he explains that they believe it to be essential that this history is included in education and understanding for the police to improve how they interact with the civilians who they are serving.

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