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NDPD works with Black students to release report on equitable practices

first_imgThe Notre Dame Police Development (NDPD) released an equity in policing report after receiving requests from students, faculty, staff and alumni.The report acknowledges NDPD’s role in the criminal justice system and the role law enforcement has played in the “dehumanization, oppression and the infringement of the basic civil and human rights of people in our country.”Written in collaboration with Black students at the University, the report not only pledged to hold NDPD accountable, but it also detailed a series of new and existing initiatives to prevent systemic racism.“We must be part of continued conversation and, as the police department entrusted with protecting and serving the Notre Dame community, we must always examine ourselves and take action to be the best we can be for all of Notre Dame,” the report said.Stand-alone de-escalation training was implemented this year to build upon previous de-escalation polices for enforcement. The training will be required at least every two years.“Enforcement is a tool that we will use if we must, but we would prefer to engage in problem solving, support, and partnership if these can resolve a situation safely,” the report said.NDPD also developed a policy to prevent dispatchers from sending officers to calls “based solely on suspicions about a person’s appearance.” Dispatchers are now trained to ask follow-up questions to determine whether there is also suspicious behavior before sending officers.In addition, the department committed to hiring a more diverse staff by expanding diversity recruitment initiatives.“We review our candidate pools with a diversity recruiter,” the report said. “We also have an internship program that has been utilized extensively by interns of color, some of whom have been hired into other police departments.”Following meetings this summer with members of the Diversity Council and other student clubs, NDPD created Unity Summits with the aim of improving relations between students and NDPD staff.NDPD will continue its training on implicit bias for law enforcement, which all officers are required to participate in every two years in addition to shorter refreshers. Many officers have also undergone training for trauma-informed sexual assault investigations and crisis intervention training. NDPD currently partners with other University offices to provide support and care for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.Officers are not trained to use neck restraints or chokeholds, the report said. NDPD’s response to resistance policy requires officers to use force only when reasonable and to halt the use of force once “their lawful objective is attained.”“One of the guiding principles of our policy and training is the sanctity of every human life,” the report said. “Our policy also requires any officer who sees excessive use of force taking place to immediately protect the citizen and report the excessive force to a supervisor who shall then inform the Chief.”According to the report, NDPD used force a total of three times last year, where three of the subjects in the incidents were graduate students and the other three were not affiliated with the University. The instances must be reported when any implement of force including taser, pepper spray or handgun is drawn and verbal commands are given, the report said.The department also does not own riot gear or weaponry. NDPD does own clear shields and helmets “intended for use in rescuing injured people in an active violence situation;” however, they have never needed to use this equipment.All NDPD vehicles have cameras that officers must activate for any kind of enforcement action.“We also have numerous CCTV cameras which are reviewed whenever there is a complaint. All of our Tasers also have cameras built into them that automatically begin recording anytime the Taser is turned on,” the report said.In addition to their new procedures, NDPD committed to continue working with students, faculty and staff to adapt their policies to serve the Notre Dame community.“We must continue to provide an environment where students, faculty and staff, and guests and visitors can come and experience all that Our Lady’s University has to offer without fear,” the report said. “We must hold ourselves and each other to a higher standard and we must stand up for those who are unable or feel that they cannot stand for themselves.”Tags: NDPD, police brutality, Racismlast_img read more

Tired Seniors

first_imgAs a coach I was always disappointed when a senior decided not to compete in a spring sport their senior year.  This was especially true of those who had been on the squad since their freshman year.  Now was the time for them to be the team leader.There were three main reasons that these seniors would give for not competing in their spring sport as a senior.  The most common one was that they needed to work to raise money to go to college.  I never bought this because it would have taken a $50 an hour job to make any kind of dent toward this goal. We are only talking about a 3-month period of time.  The second excuse was that they were tired and just wanted to finish their senior year without extra work.  How can an 18-year old be tired?  The final excuse was that they wanted to try another sport before they graduated.  This usually meant that a friend was involved in that other sport and they just wanted to be with them.Why did I write this blog?  Just a pet peeve of mine, and the years have not changed the situation.  A lot of these kids not only quit their sport, they wind up not going to college after all.last_img read more

Hecking: No City bid for De Bruyne

first_img Press Association “We have no offer from Manchester City. No offer from anybody. Full stop,” he said. “There is nothing from my side to say, there is no official offer in to Wolfsburg. He has been very good with me. I’m not here to talk about contractual matters, he has no clause but that isn’t a question for us.” De Bruyne scored 10 goals in the league last season as Wolfsburg finished second to Bayern Munich, but he also laid on an impressive 21 assists. His former boss at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho, questioned his attitude to being part of a big squad, something De Bruyne would have to come to terms with at City given their wealth of attacking options, including the recent acquisition of fellow winger Raheem Sterling from Liverpool. Hecking did state that he wants the uncertainty around De Bruyne to end as he looks to build on a successful season, which also saw Wolfsburg lift the DFB-Pokal, with De Bruyne scoring in the 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. “Of course we want to see a conclusion,” the coach said. “We had a great season and were second last year. Kevin De Bruyne played a big role in this of course, and we want to finish the speculation soon. “It (speculation) is great for the media but as a coach I have to concentrate on my team, and we have to make sure we start well on August 14 against Eintracht Frankfurt.” Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking insists the Bundesliga runners-up have received no bids from Manchester City for winger Kevin De Bruyne.center_img The 24-year-old former Chelsea player has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium all summer, with the suggested fee needed to prise him away from the Volkswagen Arena set to break the British transfer record. But Hecking, speaking after his side lost 2-1 to Villarreal in the opening game of the 2015 Emirates Cup, says no-one has made a move to sign the Belgium international. last_img read more

‘All lives matter’, say brothers-in-arms Richards and Botham

first_imgLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Almost half-a-century on from when cricket legends Ian Botham and Viv Richards made their county debut for Somerset their bond is as strong as ever, they explained in media interviews Friday.England all-rounder Botham, 64, earned the respect and eternal friendship of 68-year-old West Indies batsman Richards for never turning his back on him even when the Englishman received hate mail during the halcyon days at the county.Their bond has been recognised with the announcement that future Test series between England and the West Indies will be called the Richards-Botham Trophy.Between them they made a combined 223 Test appearances, totalled 13 740 runs and 415 wickets.The third and final Test of the present series – which is tied 1-1 – got under way Friday at Old Trafford.“What I can say to Ian? I can thank him so much for being in my corner,” Richards told Sky Sports.“We just represented what I think people should be representing: that we’re all human beings, and that’s the most important thing.”Botham and Richards in their prime were targeted by South Africa to persuade them to go on rebel tours during the time when sporting links were cut due to the apartheid regime.Both declined but other England stars like Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Graham Gooch did go whilst the West Indies also toured there.“The thing that finally finished me with all that was when they turned round to Viv and said: ‘We’ll make you an honorary white man.’ I said: ‘Hang on, where’s this going?’” Botham told the Daily Mail in a joint interview.“He’s black and he’s proud and magnificent and a great guy.“He doesn’t want to be an honorary white man any more than I want to be an honorary black man.”Richards agreed with Botham over his statement that all lives matter.The pair stressed that it was not a rejection of the Black Lives Matter movement which was born out of the death of unarmed African American man George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police officers in May.“I most certainly agree with Ian when he says all lives matter,” said Richards.“It’s been highlighted now because of the events we’ve seen played out in America – this hate towards our colour.“If we have respect for one another, these things wouldn’t come into the equation.“Look at COVID. We are not in control. This warfare is hitting everyone – not just black or white, but every race and every country on earth. We should all just sit back and reflect on where we’d like to be.”last_img read more

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