Goal Two Accomplishments: Principles and Practices Review and Update

Worked with the CRI-TA team to evaluate and revising policy for the following: 

  • Fair and Impartial Policing and Procedural Justice is embedded throughout the department's policy and procedure manual. 
  • Recruitment, hiring, and promotional processes established. 
  • The receipt, processing, and investigation of internal and external complaints, along with updated methods for accountability and discipline implemented. 
  • Employee evaluations established to ensure best practices and encouraging officers to engage in fair and impartial policing practices, community policing, and procedural justice. 
  • Officer wellness program created. This includes a three-prong approach addressing the spirit, mind, and body, and an early intervention system. 
  • A shift in focus from traffic enforcement to traffic safety. Emphasis placed on moving violations that are most likely to cause crashes, injuries, deaths on roadways. Also developing a mechanism to report our efforts publicly. 
  • A broader emphasis on community policing as a guiding principle and philosophy of the department. 
  • Updated pursuit policy and emergency vehicle response. 
  • Use of force, to include a review of de-escalation techniques and implementation of Integrated Communications, Assessment, and Tactics (ICAT). 
  • When responding to persons in crisis, including de-escalation and Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT) techniques. 

Contracted with Lexipol for complete overhaul and review of policy and procedure: 

  • This review process ensured that the department’s overall policy development is grounded in federal, state, and local laws, and includes pertinent case law.
  • Trained all officers in the new policy and procedure manual. 
  • Lexipol requires officers to complete a review and short quiz on a daily basis related to policy.