BPD Body Language Training Partnership

Shea’s Performing Arts Center and the Buffalo Police Department are pleased to announce their collaboration to bring body workshops for all new police recruit classes. This program has garnered national attention for its innovation and premiere community engagement and has been featured in The New York State Chief’s Chronicle March 2021 issue.

The body language workshop, led by Thembi Duncan, Director of Arts Engagement and Education at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, was added to the curriculum for new cadets in May of 2019. Duncan leads this module with an actor’s approach. Officers were led through theatre exercises and taught lessons on character, emotion, and how being mindful of body language can enhance existing skills for de-escalation techniques.

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