News Release

Henderson Police Department Joins National ABLE Project

September 29, 2020

Henderson, Nev. – The Henderson Police Department was accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.

Henderson Police is among a select group of 30 law enforcement agencies and training academies chosen to participate in the ABLE Project Train-the-Trainer program. Over the coming weeks, Henderson Police instructors will be certified as ABLE trainers and will go on to provide officers and professional staff with evidence-based active bystandership training designed not only to prevent harm, but to change the culture of policing. 

The program is structured to educate and empower officers on the street to play a meaningful role in policing one another. The training provides practical active bystandership strategies and tactics to law enforcement officers that will help them overcome the innate inhibitors they face when called upon to intervene in actions taken by their peers, prevent misconduct, reduce officer mistakes and promote health and wellness. 

“Law enforcement agencies across the country recognize that first responders must do a better job intervening when necessary to prevent their colleagues from causing harm or making costly mistakes,” said Chief of Police Thedrick Andres. “Henderson Police Department’s participation in the ABLE project will provide our officers and professional staff the tools they need to effectively recognize employees who may be experiencing stress or engaging in misconduct. We believe that prevention and intervention are the best methodologies to place the Henderson Police Department as a leader in active bystandership within the State of Nevada.”

Professor Christy Lopez, co-director of Georgetown Law’s Innovative Policing Program, which runs ABLE, explained: “The ABLE Project seeks to ensure every police officer in the United States has the opportunity to receive meaningful, effective active bystandership training and to help agencies transform their approach to policing by building a culture that supports and sustains successful peer intervention to prevent harm.” 

Chair of the ABLE Project Board of Advisors, Sheppard Mullin partner Jonathan Aronie, added: “Intervening in another’s action is harder than it looks after the fact, but it’s a skill we all can learn. And, frankly, it’s a skill we all need – police and non-police. ABLE teaches that skill.”

The ABLE Project is guided by a Board of Advisors comprised of civil rights, social justice and law enforcement leaders, including Vanita Gupta, the president of the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights; Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department; Commissioner Danielle Outlaw of the Philadelphia Police Department; Dr. Ervin Staub, professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the founder of the Psychology of Peace and Justice Program; and an impressive collection of other police leaders, rank and file officers and social justice leaders. 

The Henderson Police Department invites the community to follow their progress in this critical area on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please contact Officer Katrina Farrell, Public Information Officer at 702-267-4509

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