Baltimore hosts use-of-force training

Posted at 9:22 AM, Mar 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 09:22:35-05

Baltimore will host around 150 police professionals on Thursday for training on a new approach to use of force.

The new program is called ICAT: Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics.

Developed by the Police Executive Research Forum in collaboration with dozens of police agencies across the country, ICAT is now being taught to all officers in the Baltimore Police Department.

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The city is one of seven original pilot sites for the program, which helps officers safely and effectively defuse critical encounters. The program focuses on encounters involving unarmed or armed people with non-firing weapons and those who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.

Baltimore police personnel will demonstrate scenario-based training exercises part of the training guide.

The training is being held at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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