LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville Metro Police Department hosted the third LMPD Clergy Academy on Monday.

Pastors, preachers, bishops, men and women of faith gathered at the LMPD Firearms Training Center to learn about their brothers and sisters in blue.

LMPD instructors discussed topics like use of force, de-escalation, critical incident investigations, mental illness response, complaint process, homicide investigations, recruiting efforts and community outreach. Those attending the academy were also given the opportunity to train with the Firearms Simulation tool.

“They will get to experience those shoot-and-don’t-shoot scenarios,” LMPD Maj. Andrea Brown said. “And based on the information they’ve received today, as far as the laws that guide the use of force, they’ll be able to make the best decision.”

LMPD leaders hope Monday’s academy will help bridge the gap between police and the community.

“Hopefully when they go out, they will be ambassadors, and they’ll be able to reach across the aisle to officers to have those positive relationships,” Brown said.

LMPD hopes to hold more academies on different topics for other community groups throughout the year.

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