Program Aims to Improve Relations Between Police and Public

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JOHNSTON, Iowa — A new program hopes to foster better relations between Iowa police and the public.

It’s called “Blue Courage” and it’s being funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The program will bring in staff to teach the trainers at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Those trainers will then pass along what they learned to both rookie and veteran officers. The aim is to help them adapt when responding to potentially dangerous and stressful situations.

Judy Bradshaw, Director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, says “Everything that goes into what an office does at a scene. Whether it’s an accident scene, a scene where they’re inside someone’s home, when they’re dealing with a domestic or a troubled youth. How do we make our sound decisions? How do we get there?”

The staff is scheduled to come to the academy in February. That starts the first round of training.

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