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City of Littleton Statement Concerning Homicide of George Floyd

Littleton Police Train in De-escalation Techniques, Proper Use of Force

Post Date:09/03/2020

This story was originally posted 6/5/2020

The Littleton City Council and staff share in the grief surrounding the homicide of George Floyd and support the peaceful protests that encourage care and concern for all. Racism of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the city organization or in the community. "The city council and staff are committed to equality and inclusivity in every area of life and vow to listen, learn and do everything possible to ensure Littleton is welcoming to all citizens, businesses and visitors," said Littleton Mayor Jerry Valdes.

The Littleton Police Department (LPD) is accredited by CALEA, the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. CALEA requires compliance with more than 380 national best practices and an annual review. Fewer than 10 percent of the country’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies achieve this accreditation. Chief Doug Stephens and his staff believe accreditation is a valuable tool to promote transparency and professionalism in the department.

Officers receive extensive training on anti-bias, implicit bias, community policing, de-escalation, and proper use of force. While Colorado requires law enforcement officers receive 24 hours of in-service training each year, Littleton officers receive in excess of 100 hours per year. Training is focused on reality-based, role-playing scenarios, where de-escalation techniques are emphasized to reduce the likelihood of the need to use force. Every member of the LPD completed specific training on implicit bias in April of this year, prior to the tragic incident in Minneapolis, and officers train regularly on community policing, ethics, and bias.

Littleton Police Officers work diligently to build and maintain positive and professional relationships with everyone in the city and are committed to treating all with respect. The LPD greatly values the bond it has built with the community and will continue to work to strengthen this partnership.

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