VCU police hold leadership training for officers, after calls for reform

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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – The VCU Police Department will participate in a leadership course this week called “Every Officer is a Leader,” with the goal of empowering officers, improving operations and helping respond to needs of the community to respond to recent calls for police reform.

“Following calls for police reform last year, I wanted to totally change our approach to policing,” said John Venuti, VCU Chief of Police and Associate Vice President for Public Safety. “This training encourages us all to reflect on our motivations and how best to problem solve with the community, no matter the challenges. We want to focus on highly efficient solutions.

According to VCU News, participants will study 60 research-based skills such as conflict management, interpersonal communication, and problem and opportunity management.

VCU Police has opened this opportunity to surrounding departments, including Chesterfield, Richmond and Henrico Police, and 75 officers, security personnel and civilian personnel will attend the training.

The course is delivered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training at no cost to VCU.

“This training will establish a baseline for officer-level leadership that will foster clear and concise communication,” said David Pulliam, a VCU police officer. “It can be used to bridge the gap between officers, professional staff, administration and, most importantly, the VCU community.”

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