Public Safety Pasadena Police Partner with Tech Startup to Develop New De-Escalation Training Tool By BRIAN DAY Published on Friday, June 26, 2020 | 3:30 am STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena police interact with a man they are taking into custody during an incident on June 19, 2020. Photo by Eddie RiveraPasadena police are working with an Irvine-base tech company to develop a new tool to better help officers train in de-escalation techniques to reduce incidents of use of force, the company announced Thursday.The Pasadena Police Officers’ Association authored a letter earlier this month affirming the organization’s dedication to de-escalation training. The PPOA also announced that it would be working with the tech company.“The PPOA Law Enforcement Consultant Peter Mitchell and Performa Labs (a Cie company) launched a pilot program with the PPOA and PPD: to lend real-world expertise in creating a technology-based training tool focused on de-escalation, keeping in mind the safety of the Community and Officers as the highest priorities,” according to the PPOA statement.Performa confirmed the partnership Thursday.“In light of current events, the timing of Performa Labs’ recent $3 milloin seed funding is a positive signal toward creating a training tool that police departments can utilize to improve the training of its officers and increase the overall safety of the community,” Performa said in a statement.The training tool will be an inexpensive mobile system focusing on neuro-cognitive training, Mitchell said. He declined to describe the details of the system and how it will be used at the present stage of development, but added that it may be ready to display in the coming months.“This is just one more tool that allows police officers to train their skills,” Mitchell said.“It fills a niche,” he added. “It’s not replacing any of the other good training out there.”The project falls in line with the department’s goals of improving training and emphasizing de-escalation during confrontations, Mitchell said.Cie co-founder and CEO Anderee Berengian said he hoped to have a positive effect on society through the project.“We are looking forward to the impact on public safety we can influence by investing Cie’s expertise and resources in Performa Labs. This technology has profoundly important goals,” he said.Yasuto Suga, who serves as entrepreneur-in-residence at Cie and as CEO of Performa Labs said he takes pride in the endeavor.“We are committed to improving the public’s well-being,” he said. “We are proud that our software will improve training and increase overall safety for everyone.” Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website More Cool Stuff Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 27 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Signs You’re Not Ready To Be In A RelationshipHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.