PAVE Prevention, led by Olympian CEO Arlene Limas, has recently completed their newest training in Oakland, California, offering trauma-informed, compassion-driven first responder training. Oakland Park Stewards was trained in alternative first responder training methodologies through PAVE Prevention, offering a modern solution to strained community relationships by rebuilding trust in first responders and fostering safer, more compassionate communities. This program was initiated following the ongoing success of the Mobile Assistance Community Responders of Oakland (MACRO) training program earlier this year.
City of Oakland’s Recreation Supervisor and Supervisor of Oakland Park Stewards, Marc Weinstein, gave his thoughts on the program, stating, “Oakland’s Park Stewards recently completed an intensive six-day training with PAVE Prevention, LLC. The skills developed during the training will be of great value as Stewards negotiate a multitude of complex situations throughout Oakland’s parks. Beyond the value of the material expertly presented, it was the environment created that made the time so beneficial. Our team built cohesion and chemistry and will be a much stronger outfit in the field thanks to this training.”
PAVE's mission is to empower these first responders with a skill set to address non-emergent calls safely and compassionately to reduce violence rates in the emergency response sector. The tools provided to OPS will allow a solution to public concern while addressing the need for a more intimate level of care and understanding, keeping the OPS team and any individual interacting with OPS safe, respected, and free from physical and nonphysical violence. The training program included a focus on cultural humility and communication as the result of assessments in the current community, maintaining the premise that compassion and communication are pivotal in effectively mitigating violent events. In a further drive to provide a service that is holistically safe, training is delivered in a scenario-based format, allowing responders to identify the triggers of adrenaline and learn mechanisms to effectively navigate the effects of an adrenalized state and respond to situations and triggers appropriately.
"Once again, the entire PAVE team is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of these important initiatives which have come out of the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. The Oakland Park Stewards will be a fresh approach to community response within the Oakland parks. They care deeply for the communities they serve and are committed to creating an inclusive and safe experience for park patrons. Our goal was to match that energy with customized curriculum and 35 hours of trauma informed and scenario-based training.” – Arlene Limas OLY, CEO PAVE Prevention