Posted 3 months ago on June 7, 2020, 1:47 a.m. EST by elf3
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Trauma informed policing works. Many cities are implementing these programs and we should be expanding them and funding them. When police are trained to understand people under stress or trauma symptoms - they are less apt to judge people based on preconceived notions and speculation. they will be better trained in how to diffuse situations and less likely to escalate possible dangerous ones. Most police aren't trained in human psychology or trauma. It's easy for most of us to judge someone as aggressive or antagonizing without understanding the ways people react in some situations. Nervous laughter just for example or talking fast, or those in mental distress, or adrenaline effects. With real training at hand police may be less likely to judge based on preconceived biases or assumptions and instead of using race or redlining people as a "tool" to narrow people down for arrest, or to determine their own level of safety, they will have actual skills to aid in informed decision making. With understanding as well as education in human reactions they will be less likely to build resentment and judgement or loathing (and racism) and other biases. Many cities too are adopting non-lethal devices to detain people. With knowledge, comes understanding.