Lori Lightfoot has long been an advocate of improved police training, from the Police Accountability Task Force report to her public safety plan.

Lori opposed the training academy that passed today, in large part because the Emanuel administration failed to appropriately engage and listen to the community in the public process ahead of the vote.

Today, Lori spoke about the broader need to ensure officers can receive urgently needed training in or close to the communities where they work, and mentioned the option of potentially repurposing some of the already closed CPS facilities to that end. What is clear is that police must be appropriately trained in critical areas such as de-escalation and interactions with individuals in mental health crises, among others, and any facility where that takes place must only be created after an intensive community engagement and input process.