NIPD starting peer accountability program

Posted at 9:35 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 22:35:34-05

New Iberia police officers are starting a new program called EPIC in an effort to better serve their community.

EPIC, which stands for Ethical Policing is Courageous, is a peer-based intervention program that encourages officers to intervene if they see a coworker doing something wrong - regardless of their rank, position, or title. The program also promotes officer wellness, prevents mistakes, and prevents misconduct, according to NIPD. Among other goals, officers are trained to recognize and address risky behaviors, gain the confidence to intervene when they see someone making a potentially dangerous mistake, and learn to recognize common triggers in the field.

Officers believe taking accountability will benefit both their department and the community.

NIPD says the department is "committed to maintaining and building upon the trust we share with our amazing community."

Officers have committed themselves to the program, the department adds, and are excited about moving forward as an agency.

EPIC was developed by the New Orleans Police Department, and is offered/taught in police departments throughout the country. Learn more at

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