Bridgescape Students at the FBI
Students from Chicago Bridgescape Learning Academies recently visited FBI Headquarters in Chicago. They were participants in the first-ever community meeting with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), which seeks to bridge relationships between the community, local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. This special opportunity to the students was arranged by the Enrollment Department.
Students learned about the use of force laws, policies, and procedures that exist in policing, and how those are applied to everyday situations. Students were able to be put in the real-life situations that law enforcement officers come across on a daily basis. They also learned about “The Color of Law” statute that protects the civil rights of all US Citizens.
Finally, students got to enter the FATS (Firearms Training Simulator) which taught the students basic gun safety as well as placed them into scenarios that law enforcement officer deal with every day. The FATS trainer uses inert weapons in an interactive scenario where you forced to determine whether or not the use of force is necessary.
The students were able to connect with many different people from inside of state and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as many community leaders to hold meaningful discussions that will increase the dialogue that happens between civilians and law enforcement.