Press Release: RMPD employees to take TRRUTH courses

Rocky Mount, N.C. – More than 20 sworn and non-sworn Rocky Mount Police Department personnel will take part in a conflicts and trust course this month.

Taking Race Relations and Understanding to Heart (TRRUTH) is intended to provide law enforcement officers with the skills needed to effectively mitigate conflicts and build trust with ethnic minorities.

The courses, which will be taught by Carlton R. Joyner of the North Carolina Justice Academy on Sept. 9-10 and Sept. 19-20, will help personnel understand how cultural biases play a role in policing, identify the impact of racial profiling, discuss the barriers to strong police-community relations and more.

Attendees will learn through lecture, class discussion, demonstration and practice.

“The goal of the Rocky Mount Police Department is to create a safe and vibrant community by fostering community partnerships,’ Chief George Robinson said. “As we enhance our community policing efforts, building trust and working collaboratively with the community is essential for us to reach our goal.”

Robinson said some members of the department have attended the training in the past, and the goal is to have every RMPD employee attend a session in the future.