REDDING, Calif. - Protests over George Floyd’s death have been erupting across the country for 10 days now.
The Redding Police Department says officers spend hours in crisis management and de-escalation training.
“Any tense situations that we have, we try to prepare our police officers by having adequate training,” said Sergeant Sam Llamas with the Redding Police Department.
Officers go out of the area to learn the latest tactics and then teach those tactics to other officers. Each officer also goes through monthly training.
“California holds a very high standard when it comes to training and education for its police officers,” said Llamas.
RPD says it has officers involved with various community groups which it believes will help create a more positive dynamic.
“We understand to have a successful city, we need to maintain and foster those relationships with everyone in our community,” said Llamas.
But some people tell Action News Now, they’re still waiting for that change to happen.
“I think there is a valid point to the protests,” said Christopher Lara from the City of Shasta Lake.
“I definitely think there needs to be programs implemented nationwide that need to work on their cultural sensitivity.”
“I think there needs to be more conversations with agencies, police officers talking with each other and maybe more counseling for police officers,” one Redding resident.
RPD says it always reviews its use of force policies to see if it needs to be updated. The department requires officers to review its use of force policies at least once a year. RPD even has a civil rights advocate that works with the department, which helps victims of hate crimes and bridges the gap between different parts of the community.