January 27, 2016 Meeting #2

Notes from January 27, 2016 Community Input Meeting #2

Recommendations for 5.01, Use of Force, and DGO 5.02, Use of Firearms

De-escalate:
• Officers should be told they can retreat or desist as a way of de-escalating and avoid using force
• Instead of suggesting that control be achieved through advice, persuasion and warning, officer should have to use those things first before resorting to physical force.
• Officer should try to do everything possible so the solution does not have to include violence
• More verbal de-escalation
• Less lethal options have to be considered first
• De-escalate when someone is un-armed or armed with a knife

Use of other Resources when possible to assist with suspects:
• Use on call DPH psych techs who are also multi-lingual

Sanctity of all life:
• Be courteous to all people and this should be a priority
• This should be part of a very clear mission statement
• Treat all persons with dignity – even the suspect
• Treat all people with respect
• Sanctity of life

Force Options:
• the policy should be like the “stand your ground policy”
• limit the number of rounds an officer should be allowed to fire
• include shields
• options should include shoot to wound
• use alternatives to using a firearm

Reporting Requirements:
• expand the requirements of what has to be included when reporting force

Include a Definition Section:
• Define reasonable cause to believe

Include a Definition Section (continued):
• Define imminent

Communications:
• Officers should have to agree on the force going to be used before using it
Recommendations for Training/Hiring/Other Policies

Training:
• Should be more scenario-based training
• Train about cultural differences in the communities
• Educate officers about the youth in the community
• Train on all use of force techniques
• If training is instituted, it must be accompanied by a specific completion date
• Change the color of the target silhouette from black to another color
• Make the training more realistic
• Teach officer to engage more in conversation
• Training on unconscious bias
• Increase the hours and types of training
• Teach how to build relationships
• Continually review policy and training practices
• Train officers on the importance of the sanctity of life

Recruitment/Hiring Process:
• Hire more diverse people (not just race – teachers, neighborhoods, etc.)
• Review hiring criteria
• Psych evaluations during hiring process

Oversight Committee:
• The oversight committee should determine if an officer should continue to work or be off duty based on if the officer’s conclusions about the incident were correct
• More serious consequences when officers mishandle situations involving a person with mental illness
• Independent oversight for all use of force incidents
• More evaluation of lethal force
• More discipline of officers
• Audit and evaluate police training

Other Ideas:
• Better communication between city agencies
• Possible live broadcast using body cameras of scene to supervisors
• Dash cameras in cars
• Designated translators for people who don’t speak English
• Have more positive interactions with the community
• Plain clothes officers at schools; guns concealed
• Officers involved in increasing school spirit
• Officers involved in welcoming youth to school; visit the homerooms
• all officers’ weapons concealed on school grounds
• mental health evaluations for all officers every few years
• 24 hour on-site mental health practitioners for officers
• ability for officers to disregard quality of life violations
• include incentives for officers to attend training
• more exposure of the police to the community and more exposure of the community to the police
• better relations with the youth
• more community events like “this one”
• work with the entire family
• public announcements
• more community involvement with developing police policy
• community and police restoration after harm