There’s a new kind of training at the Peoria Police Department. This month, the entire staff will undergo cultural diversity training.
“To try to cut down on bias within the department,” says Dr. Rita Ali, who is the Chair of Police Community Relations and the Vice President of Diversity, International and Adult Education at Illinois Central College.
Ali says the training is mostly in-classroom, involving dialogue and instructions. ICC professor Anthony White and former ICC professor Judy Huff, who are both experienced with diversity training, will be teaching the course.
Ali says the multi-day training course will take place in the month of February.
It’s part of an effort to create a more diverse police work force, and to help the staff work better with minorities.
That effort was started years ago by NAACP President Donald Jackson, who says the staff has made “great strides” over the past few years.
He believes courses like these will assist in cutting down crime.
“When you work with people and get to know them I think it is going to build up some trust and eventually I think this issue of snitching may become a non issue,” says Jackson.
Jackson says there is an ordinance coming, including programs that allow students at District 150 to gain practical experience in the police department.