November 21, 2017

UCPD, Community Take Part in Training

As a way to educate and strengthen its relationship with the community, the University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) sponsored Community-Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Training for its officers and invited members of the neighboring communities to participate.

The COPPS Training was conducted as a way to continue to build positive relationships between the police and the community, while working together to reduce crime in the area. Five separate free training sessions were offered in November at locations on campus and in the community. In addition to police and community members, University affiliates were also welcome to attend.

The training was presented by Retired Chief Janeith Glenn-Davis of California State University – East Bay and Acting Lieutenant Tanzanika Carter of the San Francisco Bay Rapid Transit District. Both Glenn-Davis and Carter have extensive experience with community-based policing initiatives.

UCPD Chief Kenton W. Rainey felt the training was a success and was pleased to see the positive and productive interaction between community members who attended the training and members of the UCPD.

“It is impossible for a law enforcement agency to achieve public safety without the cooperation and assistance of its community stakeholders,” said Rainey. “COPPS Training helps lay the ground work for a successful partnership with our community members.”

Rainey added that COPPS Training is one of several new initiatives the UCPD will participate in as part of its recent reorganization and community engagement strategy.