State policymakers

Ensure Officer Training to Address SUDs, Mental Health Crises, and People with Disabilities

Recognizing that alternatives to police-response models cannot be implemented immediately or in all places, agencies should implement current best training practices in de-escalation techniques, addressing substance-use disorders, responding to mental health crises, and recognizing and responding to people with physical and developmental disabilities.


Improve Legitimacy Through Procedural Justice

Improve police legitimacy within communities by implementing procedural justice training and other practices emphasizing fairness and respectfulness principles.


Training and Certification Standards Should Support a Culture of Safety and Service

State training and certification requirements for new and current officers (including in-service training and continuing education) should be re-examined to ensure an emphasis on community safety and a spirit of service.