KPD joins ABLE project 

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The Knoxville Police Department has been selected to join the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project as a partner agency, officials announced last week. 

The ABLE Project is derived from another program that was developed in New Orleans with the assistance of KPD Chief Paul Noel when he was employed by that city’s police department.

ABLE develops and delivers practical, scenario-based training for police peer intervention, and provides guidance on concrete measures that need to be in place to sustain a culture of peer intervention. 

“I am thrilled that our agency has officially been accepted into the ABLE Project,” Chief Noel said. “As I said before, ABLE will help our department create a culture that not only values personal and departmental accountability and employee wellness, but views those things as essential to our operations. Our department only stands to benefit from implementing this training and putting it into practice.” 

KPD is the first law enforcement agency in Tennessee to be accepted. It joins more than 270 police agencies in the U.S. and Canada who have adopted ABLE standards.

To be selected, the department had to submit letters of support from Mayor Indya Kincannon, Chief Paul Noel, and two independent community groups — the Knoxville Area Urban League and the Knoxville NAACP.  

The ABLE training will be implemented into the KPD’s 2023 training schedule. The ABLE Standards require that all officers and recruits receive the initial eight-hour ABLE training as well as two hours of training on an annual, reoccurring basis, officials said.

Published on August 15, 2022.