Notre Dame College Police Chief Represents National Law Enforcement in NFL Initiative

When the National Football League (NFL) announced a radical new initiative to join in combating social injustice reforms, they held a two-day conference with players and owners, other NFL executives and law enforcement officers to affirm their joint commitment to criminal justice reform at the local, state and national levels.

The campaign, Let’s Listen Together, is the latest step in the league’s seven-year, $90 million commitment to players’ social-justice issues. A committee of five players and five owners was formed to further advance the league’s effort to assist players in trying to make improvements in education, relations with police and the criminal-justice system in the league’s communities.

Three law enforcement officers were nationally selected, by invitation only, to be part of the Player’s Coalitions meetings and training, hosted by Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins and Seattle Seahawk Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin. Notre Dame College Police Chief Jeffrey Scott was selected as the only police chief to be in attendance and part of the high-level discussion and interaction with players. The NFL Players Coalition hosted this two-day training and conversation event before the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida, January 28 as a result of Malcom Jenkins hearing about the impact RITE Training Academy had on police and community relations in the Philadelphia area.

RITE (Racial Intelligence Training Engagement) Training Academy was also part of the two-day training and conversation and brought in by the Player’s Coalition, including a private training session for members of the Players Coalition, NFL Players, NFL Legends and NFL staff.

Scott was instrumental in bringing the RITE Training Academy to Ohio, including Cleveland, to introduce the RITE training program. In March of 2017, he and the College hosted a RITE Academy Executive Leader conference and a two-day Train-the-Trainer course on racial intelligence and diversity training for other regional law enforcement training officers to take the course back to their agencies.

Scott states, “For years we have been training law enforcement officers on cultural diversity, both in our academies and as on-going training efforts, but the training has not been necessarily and overwhelmingly effective in helping officers meet the needs of dealing with different races, cultures, bias, and their communities as a whole. I spent days researching and vetting different programs and based on my dealing with the Ohio Collaborative Board and their new initiatives, I knew we had to do something different, and RITE Racial Intelligence training offered a fresh new look and training package that truly helps officers improve communication and reduce bias-based tension. RITE teaches critical components of both Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Social Intelligence (SI), thus improving resiliency awareness, as well as improving personal and professional relationships.”

In an era of heightened tension over police use of force and accountability and a hotbed of controversy in the NFL regarding individual players’ response to the National Anthem, the NFL has taken a major step to understanding and correcting problems within its own organization, including a positive outreach by the Players Coalition and their desire to be part of the solution in law enforcement reform and improvements. Scott stated, “this experience, meeting with the Players Coalition, has opened the door to greater opportunities and more conversation ahead…this was a starting point and I better understand their desires for law enforcement reform and we walked away understanding that they truly want us to succeed in our jobs as we serve, and they want to help make us better in serving our communities.”  

The momentum continues to grow as the NFL Players Coalition moves ahead with proactive measures to improve policing and the communities it serves. Said player representative and New York Jets offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum, “We as members of the League all have influence, but working together for real change and insisting on reform will only amplify our reach and impact. In order to affect real change, we must begin the dialogue, elicit action and demand accountability. The Players Coalition has provided the opportunity, and now the commitment, to open the dialogue and ensure that the narrative remains centered on the real issues.”

February 2018


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