Bishop Dietsche Requests Crisis Intervention Training

On Friday, February 9, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, Bishop of the Diocese of New York, met with the New York City's Mayor’s Office to formally request Crisis Intervention Training for all New York City Police officers by the end of 2018. Bishop Dietsche said, “We have asked Mayor de Blasio to implement Crisis Intervention Training for all New York City Police Department officers. We believe that if the officers who engaged Deborah fifteen months ago had received this training, Deborah might have been spared, and the officer himself, now facing charges of murder, might have been spared.” Following his visit to the Mayor’s Office, Bishop Dietsche traveled to the Bronx to attend the trial of Sgt. Hugh Barry, charged in the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner.

Members of the Trinity community, many of whom were friends of Deborah Danner, have been attending the trial, along with others from the Diocese of New York. The Rev. Winnie Varghese, Trinity's Director of Justice and Reconciliation, wrote a letter about the trial and how to be involved.