What to Know
- A police fellowship program launched Monday to find the next generation of police officers
- Participants will be mentored one-on-one by top police officials
- Three professors have expertise in police reform, criminal and racial justice
A fellowship aimed at identifying the next generation of police leaders launched Monday through the Georgetown University Law Center.
The Washington Post reports the two-year program involves 19 participants from of a select group of rookie officers and civilian employees.
The fellows will participate in workshops, community activities and develop a special project. They will also be mentored one-on-one by top police officials.
The workshops and activities will focus on different policing strategies, due to changes made because of police shootings and other incidents that have angered neighborhoods, the Post reports.
DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said the program is "not only to strengthen our officers’ credentials and experience, but also the bond we have with the communities we serve."
Metropolitan police volunteer coordination director Marvin Haiman says the program is aimed at retention and cultivating future leadership, as over the past few years the department has lost more officers than it could hire.
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A joint statement from police and the university says three professors have expertise in police reform, criminal and racial justice.