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.
The Policing Project, with funding from The Joyce Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is working to give the public voice in how it is policed. This week, the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability (GAPA) revealed its plans for an ordinance that would create a Citizens Commission for Public Safety and Accountability. The Policing Project was pleased to lend its expertise to the GAPA group as it worked through what a citizen police commission could look like.
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 spread the word.
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.
The Policing Project has been working with the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team to ensure that Cleveland residents have a meaningful voice on policies and practices throughout the implementation of the federal consent decree between the Cleveland Division of Police (“CDP”) and the Department of Justice. The Monitoring Team recently recommended that the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio approve CDP’s new Bias-Free Policing Policy, which provides guidelines around (1) CDP’s expectations for its members around bias-free policing; (2) the principles of procedural justice in police-civilian interactions; and (3) protocols to report bias-based policing. Cleveland residents had significant input during the Policy’s development.
Last week, Policing Project Deputy Director Maria Ponomarenko participated on a panel at the Privacy Localism conference, hosted by the Information Law Institute at NYU Law. The panel, “Local Governance of Policing, Surveillance, and Data” highlighted the lack of public input into decisions about police use of surveillance technology, and discussed possible solutions.
The 2017-18 session of the Policing Project’s Youth-Police Engagement Program is officially up and running at Woodrow Wilson High School in East Camden, New Jersey! By bringing youth and police officers together in a classroom setting, our program seeks to give youth an active and ongoing voice in how their community is policed, to strengthen youth-police relationships, and to develop a national model for this sort of engagement.
The Tampa Citizens Review Board (Tampa CRB), with assistance from the Policing Project, has launched an online survey that invites members of the Tampa Bay community to give feedback on the practices and performance of the Tampa Police Department (TPD).
The survey will remain open until December 15, 2017, and all residents of the Tampa Bay area are encourage to participate at: TampaCRBSurvey.org.
The Policing Project is thrilled to host a discussion on policing's future! We welcome John Malcolm, VP for the Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation, and Christy Lopez, formerly with the U.S. DOJ Civil Rights Division and now a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law.
If you'd like to join the conversation please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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