Yesterday, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Kevin Donahue, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier, and Director of the Department of Consumer of Regulatory Affairs Melinda Bolling announced proposed changes to the training requirements for all commissioned special police officers (SPOs) in the District.
The mandatory training would be expanded to include addressing individuals in behavioral or mental health crisis, de-escalation procedures, biased-based policing, cultural competency and individual rights, and practical skills in CPR, AEDs, active shooter, and emergency response. SPOs assigned to libraries, recreation centers, or residential buildings or communities would be required to receive training on community policing.
The proposed regulations will be published for public comment later this month in the DC Register and submitted to the DC Council after their summer recess. The regulations would go into effect after the Council’s 45-day review period ends and SPOs would have two years to comply with the new training requirements. You can view a summary of the changes here.