(Empathic Policing) Training helps heighten officers’ empathy for victims

J and his brother also donated their journals and their correspondence with friends and with the perpetrator to provide insight into what they went through for “Illuminations,” a training program to build empathy.

“If you can understand truly what somebody else is feeling without judgment, you are more likely to be able to respond in the way that they need and in the end, for the criminal justice system, you’re less likely to revictimize them,” Pfeifer said.

“If the individual feels like you are genuinely empathic with them, they’re more likely to cooperate, and you need that from an investigative standpoint,” she continued.