Grand jury report praises Fresno PD on its de-escalation training but not all agree

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A grand jury report that originated from a complaint about use of force resulted in an overall glowing report-- praising Fresno Police when it comes to officer involved shootings.

A grand jury report that originated from a complaint about use of force resulted in an overall glowing report-- praising Fresno Police when it comes to officer involved shootings.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said, "I think the report was very thorough, it was very fair, and it was complimentary."

The grand jury complimented the department's training facilities and for providing officers with timely information when responding to calls.

Chief Dyer said officers complete a minimum of 40 hours of training a year and all of the classes incorporate some form of de-escalation.

"Just because a training isn't titled de-escalation, doesn't mean that de-escalation and tactical communication isn't interwoven into that training."

But Stuart Chandler, an attorney representing Dylan Noble's family, said the frequency of training has to change-- along with what is being taught. He said it's clear officers didn't act properly when they shot and killed the 19-year-old during a traffic stop last year.

"He wasn't escaping, he wasn't speeding, he wasn't evading the police but within seconds the officer is pointing a pistol through the windshield at him. How can you possibly tell me that's appropriate police practices?"

The grand jury report also alluded a shortage of personnel may be impacting practice time. But Chief Dyer denies that, saying that even during the recession-- cuts were never made in this area.

"We are not canceling training courses because of budgetary reasons we continue to train our officers as we always have."

Chief Dyer said the department's latest focus is sending officers to crisis intervention classes-- focusing on dealing with those with mental illness. Another skill he hopes will result in less use of force.

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