The NOPD's new peer intervention program was the focus of the latest issue of "Subject to Debate," a quarterly newsletter produced by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The department launched EPIC, or Ethical Policing is Courageous this year as a program designed to teach officers that an important part of their job is to intervene if they see a fellow officer engaging in misconduct—or ideally, to step in and help before any misconduct occurs, if they notice that a colleague is becoming angry or frustrated and may be on the verge of doing something improper.
In the newsletter, NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says EPIC "educates, empowers, and supports the officers on the streets to play a meaningful role in “policing” one another."
Consent Decree Monitor Jonathan Aronie called the program an "innovative solution to a vexing national problem."
Click here to read the PERF newsletter on the EPIC program.