By Leah Hope and Cate Cauguiran, abc7chicago.com
A new training regimen for Chicago police officers is the next step in an effort to overhaul the CPD’s use of force on city streets, the department announced Thursday morning.
Police will give the media a chance to go through the new training program later on Thursday.
In the last year, the CPD has been evaluating and evolving its use-of-force policy. Police announced Thursday most officers have been through the first phase of this training and will have completed it by Oct. 15, when the new policy is scheduled to go into effect.
The department developed a new use-of-force policy after several high-profile cases, in which officers actions were criticized and in some cases, led to officers facing criminal charges.
The training will increase over the next four years. By 2021, all officers will be required to have 40 hours of training each year, which will focus on de-escalation and managing stress. It will teach officers to use force when it’s “reasonable or proportional.” When this new policy was announced, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it will also call on officers to report others who violate the policy.