ABLE Training for Officers

The ABLE logo, the V-C-U Police logo and the text, “Proud to be an ABLE agency. Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement. www.law.georgetown.edu/ABLE.”

VCU PD ABLE Program Coordinator:

VCU PD ABLE Instructors:

VCU Police became an ABLE department in February of 2021 and began implementation with initial training being completed in August of 2021. This program aims to train and reinforce skills so officers will intervene with peers, when necessary, with the intent being that the earlier the intervention, the better. As of August 2022, 100% of VCU Police officers are ABLE-trained. 

ABLE was developed by the Georgetown Law Center for Innovations in Community Safety and Sheppard Mullin to train officers in an effort to promote intervention and create a culture supporting positive reception of intervention in an effort to prevent harm.

This program requires a culture that stands on three pillars:

The ABLE logo, graphics of three pillars and the text, “The three pillars of ABLE. Reduce mistakes, prevent misconduct and promote health and wellness.”

These pillars are all viewed as equally important to the success of the program and therefore are depicted as being identical while also being independent, as they can all be tied to each other.

ABLE Standards

ABLE requires ALL agencies to commit to eight standards upon being designated as an ABLE department.  The ABLE  standards were recently updated and are being implemented now. These standards are as follows:

I. COMMUNITY ACCOUNTABILITY
II. TRAINING
III. IMPLEMENTATION AND PROGRAM COORDINATION
IV. SUPPORTING INTERVENTION IN POLICY AND PRACTICE
V. EMPLOYEE WELLNESS
VI. NO NEW INTERVENTION REPORTING REQUIREMENTS
VII. DATA AND RESEARCH
VIII. SUSTAINABILITY & COMMITMENT

For more information, or to schedule a community information session, email Det. D. Kelly at kellyd2@vcu.edu.

ABLE Training

The program requires 100% participation, from Chief Venuti to our newest officer, all officers MUST be trained on this program.

VCUPD's ABLE instructors held the first training session in April 2021 and completed the implementation, with all sworn officers employed at the time in November 2021.

The program requires annual refresher training ABLE calls reinforcement modules. These modules will vary from year to year and incorporate new findings and updated practices.   VCUPD is currently working towards training all officers on the current reinforcement module.

Source: All program information was sourced from the ABLE Project website, https://www.law.georgetown.edu/cics/able/, as well as resources provided by the ABLE Project to the VCU Police Department.

VCUPD ABLE Ambassadors

VCU Police selected its first group of ABLE Ambassadors in July 2021. These officers were selected after a request for interest was sent to all officers. Their duties are to promote the program and assist with community engagement. Below are the department’s ABLE Ambassadors:

Det. Sgt. Lee Olds

Picture of Detective Sergeant Lee olds dressed in business attire, from approximately waist up, sitting in front of an American flag.

 

Ofc. Cierra Darnell

Picture of Detective Cierra Darnell dressed in business casual, from approximately waist up, sitting in front of an American flag.

 

Ofc. Luke Shrader

Picture of Officer Luke Shrader in VCU PD uniform, from approximately waist up, sitting in front of an American flag.

Ofc. John Nicholson

Picture of Officer John Nicholson in VCU PD uniform, from approximately waist up, sitting in front of an American flag.

 

Ofc. David Pulliam

Picture of Officer David Pulliam in VCU PD uniform, from approximately waist up, sitting in front of an American flag.

 

Ofc. Christopher Clark

Picture of Officer Christopher Clark in VCU PD uniform, from approximately waist up, sitting in front of an American flag.