Sunday, September 20, 2009
Arts and Cops
NYC's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is introducing a method to improve police officers vision - through, well, art.
The class first began as a 3-hour "Art of Perception" presentation to help medical students improve their visual acuity. After realizing that police are often put in situations requiring split-second decision making based on body language and environmental cues.
Because everything in a painting has some significance, the art class helps police officers refine an eye already trained to pick up on hidden clues and also to scrutinize their surroundings - something that has not always been done in the past and has led to huge delays in solving certain cases.