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.