Carnegie Mellon University

Training

The CMUPD ensures that its officers and staff receive training as required by applicable law and in accordance with CMUPD policies. Additionally, the CMUPD is committed to proactive training to stay informed on best practices and community engagement.  Examples of CMUPD training programs are below.

Communication/negotiation training

Officers receive training in the appropriate ways of dealing with persons in crisis, helping them to calm down and approach solutions to the issues at hand with options other than violence or use of force. Domestic violence, mental health issues and drug dependency are just a few areas where this training is utilized. The result has been minimum use of force incidents and significant conflict resolution.

Cultural sensitivity

Officers are presented with the opportunity to serve a public that includes various cultures, races, religions and ethnicities. Sensitivity and appropriate approach to all members of the public is reinforced. The concept that many cultures are not comfortable with police is discussed so that officers present themselves in such a fashion that they are approachable and not threatening.

Mannerisms, police practices or verbiage that can be found offensive by some cultures is also reviewed.

De-escalation training

Officers are mandated to attend a 40-hour Crisis Intervention Training Program (CIT). The program focuses on behavioral issues relating to mental illness, anger, drug use, bipolar disease, dementia, excited delirium, and Alzheimer’s disease introducing appropriate ways of approaching and dealing with such persons and issues. The program is presented by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services in cooperation with law enforcement. This training has resulted in numerous life-saving events by our officers.

Implicit bias training

Officers are made aware of implicit bias as it relates to police and their relationships with the public. Recognizing that it is an unconsciously held set of beliefs about a social group, officers are instructed how to recognize such bias and ensure that it is never exhibited or permitted to impact decisions or treatment of the public. Vice Chancellor Becky Petitt of UC, San Diego, conducted a 16-hour program focusing on identifying and mitigating bias for all CMU police officers.

Additional Training Areas
  • Appropriate Use of Force Training
  • CPR
  • Dealing with Excited Delirium
  • First Aid/use of NARCAN
  • Green Dot Training
  • Handling Sexual Assault complaints
  • Impartial Policing
  • Outreach and support for the LGBTQIA community
  • Technology