This Kansas Police Department Is Training Officers On How To Intervene And De-escalate
Before the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in 2020, the police department of Topeka, Kansas, was already looking at ways to change its training regarding excessive force and individuals in crisis.
In November 2020 Up To Date spoke with the chief of Topeka's police force about a pilot program aimed at offering officers ways to step in to prevent and stop excessive force. We get an update on the ABLE program and learn about the department's Behavioral Health Unit that responds to calls involving individuals with mental illness.
- Lt. Manuel Muñoz, executive officer in the Topeka Police Department
- Sgt. Josh Klamm, supervisor of the Topeka Police Department Behavioral Health Unit.