UVA Police taking part in ABLE training
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Some officers with the University of Virginia Police Department are taking part in Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement, or ABLE, training.
The program educates officers on how to successfully intervene during a confrontation.
In February, the U.S. Department of Justice prosecuted former Minneapolis police officers for their role in George Floyd’s death.
Their guilty verdicts put police departments around the country on notice. UPD decided it was an appropriate time to take part in the training.
Chief Timothy Longo had a role in the trials in Minneapolis.
During them, he testified that the actions of the police officers who killed Floyd were “inconsistent with generally accepted police practices.”
"They talk to officers about, not only the legal significance around the duty to intervene and the consequences for breaching that duty, but they talk about practical ways in which law enforcement officers can recognize those violations that are taking place in front of them and the steps they can take in real life situations to do what the law requires them to do, which is to take affirmative action to make the behavior stop," said Longo.
The department says seven officers will be certified to train other department members.