Butler County Sheriff’s Deputy James Catron told the group about being at the scene of the officer-involved fatal shooting last week in St. Clair Twp.
“I am happy to be here,” the deputy said.
Led by Linda Webb, with 30 plus years experience in law enforcement, and Randy Friedman, with a background in sports and mental motivation for athletes, the RITE Academy training combines emotional and social intelligence techniques unique to an officer’s communication needs.
“The more officers we can help control their emotions, the less incidents across the country,” Webb said.
She noted departments spend thousands on officer equipment and training in the tools of the job but little about officer wellness.
Webb said said when they make presentations to chiefs of police gathering throughout the country, “I tell them the need to invest more in officer wellness … help our police officers become better communicators.”
The RITE model was rolled out for officers: emotional intelligence + social intelligence = racial intelligence.
Webb, RITE Academy founder, said over the years she has taught a number of courses in cultural, but knew there was a need to change things that focus on the officer first.