This year WeCopwatch began offering a series of intensive Copwatch / Know Your Rights trainings and classes to Copwatch groups and individuals.
We feel that the responsibility of watching the police falls on us all. That’s why a primary function of WeCopwatch is to educate the masses about their rights when stopped by law enforcement, and while out observing the police.
We’ve trained with varies groups, individuals, and organizations like the Peaceful Streets Project , The Canfield Watchmen, and WITNESS. But the demand for trainings and information is so great that we’ve come to the conclusion that we need to make our information more accessible to the general public.
Inspired by a UC Berkeley college class taught by Berkeley Copwatch, and motivated by the daily requests for support and training, WeCopwatch has been working tirelessly consolidating information and training material into a full curriculum that will educate and empower the public to make better decisions when interacting with law enforcement, be better witnesses when observing police stops, and to be better advocates for victims when we witness and document incidents of police misconduct.
Copwatch College will be multiple classes comprised of videos and reading material as well as a multitude of reference material so that one can take their education as far and deep as they want. And yes, there is an optional exam at the conclusion of each class.
Course material will also be downloadable so that it can be utilized and distributed in trainings and workshops and be accessible to people who are not connected to the internet.
Once enrolled, you can take classes at your pace.
You can enroll in the entire course, or sign up for just one class.
The hope is that regardless of how far you take it, that you walk away with tools to act.
This is the current curriculum. . .
The History and Role of Police in America
From Slave Patrols to Strike Breakers
Rights and Who they Serve
They were written for White Men but. . . .
A History of Watching the Police
How Police are Trained
Enter the Mindset of Johnny Law
Rights When Stopped by Police
An Overview of Different types of Stops, your Rights, and Strategies for Exercising them
Rights and Tactics for Safe and Effective Copwatching
Responding to Critical Incidents Involving the Police
Tool Kits for deploying to Police Shootings and Crowd Control scenarios
Conducting Public and Legal Investigations