Washington, D.C. police officers are now required to take part in a new training program that includes a class on critical race theory and a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, who announced the program last Friday, said that D.C. is “committed to accountability” and to strengthening “the bonds of trust between MPD and our residents.”
According to the Washington Post, the training will include a three-hour black history lecture, tour through the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and a lesson on U Street where officers will examine police brutality.
This comes in response to concerns over biased policing and the use of force by officers. D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham says it’s important for cops to continue their education too.
“I think there are some that would like to ignore that troubling history of law enforcement in our country. But, we believe it’s critically important that it remains a part of our education and understanding,” he said. “And most importantly, it’s something we can learn from.”