Seahawk Doug Baldwin throws support behind Initiative 940 aimed at improvingpolice de-escalation training

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin on Wednesday announced he is supporting I-940, aimed at improving police de-escalation tactics.

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin on Wednesday announced he will offer public and financial support to state Initiative 940, which is aimed at improving training and methods for improving training for police de-escalation.

Specifically, I-940 would “require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a ‘good faith” standard and independent investigation.” It would also require police officers to get 40 hours of training on how to defuse “crisis” situations.

Supporters have said they are confident they will get the necessary 350,000 signatures to get on the ballot in 2018. But Baldwin’s support comes at a critical time as the deadline to get the necessary signatures is Dec. 29.

Baldwin, whose father was a police officer for 36 years, has made de-escalation a focus of his off-field efforts and he has met with police and other community leaders throughout the past year.

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Baldwin explained his support for I-940 as he met the media at Seahawks’ headquarters Wednesday in Renton.

“As all of you know, I’ve spent the past year and a half, two years now working on things in our communities with the intent of bridging the gap between law enforcement and our communities,” Baldwin said. “As a human, I feel extremely compelled to use my platform and my influence in whatever way for the benefit and not just for my sole benefit. With that being said, last September, I embarked on a journey to find ways to bridge the gap between the law enforcement and our communities, I spent countless hours speaking to community leaders, public officials, members of our law enforcement community, politicians, technology companies, and a number of other groups that had any type of hand in this topic.

“Although these issues spread to communities across our country, I’ve decided to focus my immediate influence and attention right here in the state of Washington in which I live in an attempt to create a model for similar efforts across the country. Here in Washington State, I’ve supported efforts to provide our law enforcement with the proper training and resources required to meet their changing and demanding needs of…

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