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Park Ridge Police Officers Receive USDOJ Procedural Justice Training

Park Ridge (IL) Police Department is first police department nationally to have all officers trained in USDOJ procedural justice training in effort to improve police-community relations and increase public trust

Park Ridge (IL)—In March and April of 2016, all Park Ridge  Police Department officers attended United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (USDOJ COPS Office) training on procedural justice: Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement Agencies: Organizational Change through Decision Making and Policy for supervisors and Procedural Justice for Law Enforcement: Front-Line Officer for line officers. These trainings were sponsored in partnership with the Center for Public Safety and Justice (CPSJ) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The goal of the training is to promote positive organizational change, uphold police legitimacy in the community, and enhance officer safety.

Originally developed by CPSJ and the Advanced Training Unit in King County, Washington, these curricula introduce officers to the four key pillars of procedural justice – 1) fairness in processes, 2) transparency in actions, 3) opportunity for voice, and 4) impartiality in decision making – and provide practical steps for application throughout the department, in both internal and external processes.

This is the inaugural delivery of the revised line officer curriculum nationally, making the Park Ridge Police Department the first ever department to have all officers trained in the official USDOJ COPS Office procedural justice training series. Park Ridge supervisors were trained last month, and the officers have now had their chance as well.

Recently endorsed by the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and long-embraced by the COPS Office, the philosophy of procedural justice aims at the core of a law enforcement organization’s culture and provides a structure for positive organizational transformation. Research indicates that efforts to ensure a procedurally just environment within the organization helps officers embrace these same principles as they interact with the public.

In the light of national events, the Park Ridge Police Department is dedicated to identifying and implementing best practices in law enforcement which will continue to strengthen trust among its officers and the community served.

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