Yesterday, at the Tampa Citizens Review Board (“CRB”) monthly meeting, the Policing Project at New York University School of Law released its report summarizing the results of the CRB community survey on the practices and performance of the Tampa Police Department (“TPD”).
The results from the survey highlighted issues of importance to the Tampa community. Having a more thorough understanding of the community’s priorities and concerns around policing will help shape the CRB’s focus and lead to recommendations for policy changes, where appropriate. Full results are available on the Policing Project’s website, www.PolicingProject.org/tampa.
Today the Los Angeles Police Commission approved a new policy requiring the LAPD to release video footage of officer-involved shootings and other critical incidents within 45 days, unless there are extenuating circumstances that require delaying release. The change in policy comes in response to a report released by the Policing Project in September of last year, which showed broad public support for making video public in the interest of transparency and community trust.
This Friday, March 16th, the online survey conducted by the Tampa Citizens Review Board with the assistance of the Policing Project will come to a close. The Tampa CRB’s survey invited members of the Tampa Bay community to give feedback on the practices and performance of the Tampa Police Department. The survey is designed as an essential first step for the Tampa CRB to begin taking a proactive role in evaluating issues of importance to the Tampa Bay Community. We thank all those involved for helping spreadtheword.
Last week, after several months discussing policing issues in the classroom, students and officers in our youth-police engagement program visited the Camden County Police Academy so students could get a taste of life on patrol. (For a full report on the day’s activities, check out Melanie Burney’s piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer.) This exciting opportunity was made possible because of the generous support of the Campbell Soup Foundation, the Harris Foundation, and the Open Society Foundations.