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Charleston Police Begin Race Relations Training

Charleston Police Car

Officers with the Charleston Police Department are set to undergo a two-week training course in race relations.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports that the training, which began Monday, is part of an initiative by the Call to Action for Racial Equality coalition and Charleston police to improve race relations in the city. Over the next two weeks, organizers plan to train every member of the Charleston PD.

Kenyatta Grant has led similar trainings for other police agencies and is leading the effort. She says trainers will discuss how to rebuild trust in communities of color, how to be more sensitive to cultural differences and other objectives.

Grant says the trainers are also learning about the challenges of being a police officer.