Over the past few years, there has been renewed attention to race and policing in America. However, these conversations seldom happen across communities of difference. In an attempt to examine the issue from a different angle, we sat down with Officer John, a white police officer in the northeast, to discuss his perspective on policing in America. Officer John provides insight into why he became a police officer (08:54), police training and the need for more on-the-job training (17:55-23:37), the need to improve police officers’ communication skills (23:40) and the use of deadly force in policing (26:10 and 1:00:15). In the interview, we also probe Officer John about his perspective on Ferguson and other high-profile cases of police brutality (31:12), race and racisms within policing (40:11), how to improve community-police relations (57:20), and professionalism in policing (1:08:22-1:16:34).
Other topics include:
19:58 - Police Portrayals in the Media
36:26 - Perceived versus Actual Threat in Deadly Force Cases
1:17:00 - What makes a successful or unsuccessful police officer?
1:23:00 - Ty and Daphne Reflect on the Interview
Episode Two Resources:
Information on Police Training - http://www.discoverpolicing.org/what_does_take/?fa=training_academy_life
Activist Undergoes Police Training (Video) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfi3Ndh3n-g
Ferguson Report - https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/03/04/17-disturbing-statistics-from-the-federal-report-on-ferguson-police/?utm_term=.238e29ad398f https://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/rpt/2003-R-0231.htm