Yonkers PD to train officers in de-escalation program proven to reduce injuries
The Yonkers Police Department will begin training officers next month on a new approach to handling unpredictable situations.
State Assemblyman Nader Sayegh announced a $100,000 grant to train more than 600 police officers through the integrating communications assessment and tactics program - otherwise known as ICAT.
While the department has offered de-escalation training for years, this training has been proven to reduce civilian and police injuries.
Yonkers Police Commissioner John Mueller says the training has led to less use of lethal force.
The new training comes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement - which called for police reforms.