FBI holds civil rights training for police in Dothan

FBI holds civil rights training for police in Dothan

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The Civil Rights Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigations held a training seminar for law enforcement at the Dothan Opera House Thursday.

Area law enforcement officers attended the training, which addressed the color of law statute. Officers were presented with examples of civil rights violations, historical cases and best practices.

At a time with so much scrutiny of police, Dothan Police Captain Bubba Ott says they're working to build and maintain trust in the community.

"We need our people to understand the powers and authorities gr anted to them are gr anted by the government and so we're agents of the government and we're held to a higher standard and we should be. There are certain things that citizens should know the government or its agents never ever do to them, there are lines that we just should not cross, and we have to make sure we do a good job of keeping our people trained and on the right track," Ott said.

This training is part of a new FBI program out of Mobile. Ott says Dothan Police Chief Steve Parrish recommended the training be brought to Dothan. The training was also broadcast to several other law enforcement agencies in the Wiregrass region.

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