The Beaumont Police Department will be hosting a community-building training seminar offered by the United States Department of Justice, Community Relations Service, Southwest Region.

The class, entitled Law Enforcement Mediation / Conflict Resolution Skills Training, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Beaumont Police Training Room.

Attendees will include all of the Beaumont Police Department Staff Officers, along with officers from the Lamar University Police Department and the Beaumont Independent School District Police Department.  Also in attendance will be community representatives from the Beaumont chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and 100 Black Men of Beaumont, as well as representatives from the administration of the Beaumont Independent School District, Lamar University, and the Beaumont Police Community Advisory Committee.

During this unique training, police and citizens will be working together to test and hone their skills in the areas of community conflict resolution, mediation, active listening, and problem solving.  Along with the lecture, attendees will be participating in role-playing and practical tabletop exercises.

The Beaumont Police Department Police-Community Relations Unit became aware of this Department of Justice training when it was hosted last year at another law enforcement agency in east Texas. The Police-Community Relations officers felt hosting this training would complement the successful community policing initiatives established over the past three years.

Chief Singletary has made a goal to have all Police Department Supervisors trained in this Department of Justice Course in the future.