There are few cities where Black History Month resonates more deeply than Atlanta, the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement. Millions of people visit the city each year to retrace the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other historic figures here who fought for equality.

To make sure the importance of that legacy is not lost on new Atlanta Police recruits, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights partnered with APD years ago to make sure they got a first-hand and informed view of history.

The recruits get a special tour of the exhibits at the Center, and then they participate in a class on implicit and explicit bias to give them a unique training experience that they will take with them on the job every day – when they become the best of the best – as Atlanta Police Officers.

Thanks to APD’s Marla Rooker for producing the video below.