Stamford Police Department creates Clergy Academy to bridge gap between officers, community

The Stamford Police Department has created the Clergy Academy, which it says is an important way to bridge the gap between itself and the community.
With protests in the city over cases like Steven Barrier's and recent calls for police accountability, the department is seeking to work in unison with local clergy of different faiths.
Stamford Police Chief Tim Shaw says his officers are here to help people and not hurt them. Officer Silas Redd, a 33-year veteran of the force, says recognizing the importance of community partnerships is vital.
The academy starts Tuesday night at Stamford Police Headquarters and runs for seven weeks.