January 26, 2016

Notes from January 26, 2016 Community Input Meeting

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

• Communication between officers and young people who are disconnected
• Is de-escalation the right philosophy or is there another approach
• Officers need to balance individual life experiences when approaching or interacting with the public
• Slow situation down
• Gather information
• Don’t be in a hurry
• Consider the possibility of suicide
• Supervisor should be on-scene
• Increase percentage of verbal de-escalation
• Officer should recognize possible reasons for non-compliance
• Listen
• Use common sense
• Backing off of a situation is less risky for the officer
• De-escalate first and always; force should be the last resort

Use other resources when possible to assist with suspects:
• Dispatch should send a DPH psychologist to the scene
• Family member should be contacted to help

Use CIT trained officers:
• Advanced CIT training should include dealing with edged weapons
• Unarmed officers with mental health training should deal with individuals with mental health issues armed with bladed or blunt weapons – they rarely have guns

Sanctity of all life:
• Fairness and transparency
• Fairness to officer and public (all people); when everyone is safe that is positive
• Be respectful and listen
• Response needs to be proportional
• Humanize the people police deal with
• More respect from the police will increase the respect that police get

Force options:
• Why shoot to kill? Why not shoot to disarm or injure?
• A real threat is another firearm
• The use of a firearm should be in very limited cases
• Firearms should be removed as a force option
• No additional weapons to be added to force options
• Use non-lethal weapons
• Use of a firearm only when it is life threatening
• Police should not shoot to kill; they should shoot only so the person cannot get away

Reporting/Review Requirements:
• All critical incidents should be reviewed
• Debrief after dealing with person with mental health issues
• Officer should have to write independent report on his/her use of force

Include a definition section:
• Define reasonable and necessary (and who decides)
• Define excessive delay
• Define objective standard
• Define danger

Duty to Intervene:
• Officer should be watching other officers

Recommendations for Training/Hiring/Other policies

Training Components:

• Mental Health
• Train about different health problem so officers know how to react
• Train officers on how to respond to mental health calls
• Train on medical issues

• Academy/FTO training
• What does the training for de-escalation include
• longer academy training
• knowledge about youth & color
• role play to include interaction with youth
• train officers to communicate with people from different neighborhoods
• community service at school (voluntary)
• exposure to different cultures so officer know how to respond
• respect to the different communities
• advanced defensive tactics & control techniques
• martial arts training as defensive tactics
• train officers about the community they will be assigned
• more time on defensive tactics
• train on the topic of personal bias
• more experienced FTOs

• CIT training
• Train on “Blue suicide”
• More communications training

Barriers to Success:
• Lack of education
• Poverty
• Race
• Economics
• prosecution

Recruitment/Hiring Process:
• hire young men and women from “our” community

Oversight Committee:
• There needs to be accountability; if not, then it will not stop
• To allow learning from pat experiences
• Will help re-gain public trust
• The committee can hold the officer accountable

Other Ideas:
• More interactive events with youth in the community (Camp Mather, Police Rodeo, River Rafting)
• Encourage youth to come to events with fun activities/food as part of the event
• No uniforms (only stars) when officers at community events
• No firearms when officers at community events
• Police visit community based organizations
• Educate the community on policy policies and procedures – better outreach to teach about policies; events similar to these; small groups that include some Commissioners and officers to have dialogue
• Classes for youth about police policies and procedures taught by adults of color from community based organizations
• Encouragement from officers to youth to “do your best so you can have a better life” in a non-aggressive way
• There should be more school officers
• Police to host family days for the community
• Officer should have mental health evaluations during their careers
• Radom drug testing for officers
• What about Community accountability
• Encourage the community to get involved
• More town hall meetings
• The Police Commission should fire “those officers”