There is no POST mandate to provide diversity-specific training outside of biased policing to our officers, however, the Golden Police Department does more than is required to ensure that diversity training and community insight is ingrained in our policing model.
POST requires two hours of community policing/community partnership training in a five-year period. In both 2017 and 2018, we hired an internationally recognized consultant, Matjaz Bren, to provide our officers with a tw0-hour and four-hour cultural awareness class, respectively.
We also partnered with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to participate in a study on domestic violence and sexual assault investigations with a focus of working with female victims of crime. As a part of this study, our criminal investigations unit and crime scene investigators have all received between 13-18 hours of training in this area through the End Violence Against Women Initiative with plans to conduct further department wide training.
We completed a rewrite of our policies on investigating domestic violence and sexual assault crimes. Finally, we partnered with PERF to finalize our Transgender Community Interactions policy with internal training being conducted to provide awareness. PERF, requested a copy of our training materials regarding LGBTQ+ which was written by our LGBTQ+ liaison officer. It should be noted that in the development of our initial Transgender Community Interactions Policy we asked for feedback on the policy from numerous sources to include the Emerging Leaders Group of Colorado’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council, The Colorado LGBT Bar Association and a law enforcement professional who consults on the matter.
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