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Office of Police Complaints Extends Its Outreach to Participants in the District of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Camps

Friday, August 30, 2013

Office of Police Complaints Extends Its Outreach to Participants in the District of Columbia’s Department of Parks and Recreation Summer Camps

Agency conducts training program for youth on interacting with police officers

(Washington, DC) – The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) recently conducted its Student Interactive Training Program (SIT) for participants in the various District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) summer camps.

Using role-playing and peer education, the SIT program focuses on promoting positive interactions between police officers and young people.  During the presentation, OPC staff and the camp participants acted out scenarios simulating the experiences of being stopped, searched, or arrested by the police.  The presenters then discussed the students’ reactions and provided information on the best way to handle police encounters.  Staff members also explained how to file a complaint of police misconduct with OPC.

“The SIT program plays an important part in improving communication between the police and the youth of Washington, D.C.” said Philip K. Eure, executive director of OPC.  “Enhanced communication reduces tension and increases the public’s confidence in the Metropolitan Police Department.”

In addition to presenting the SIT program to participants in the DPR summer camps, the agency regularly makes the presentation to high school and college students throughout the District.  OPC also conducts outreach presentations for neighborhood and tenant associations, advocacy organizations, and government agencies.

If you or your organization is interested in having the agency make a presentation at an event or program, or if you would like additional information about OPC, please visit our website at www.policecomplaints.dc.gov.