Policy & Oversight

Policy & Oversight

Pillar Two

Policy & Oversight

• Community input and involvement • Use of force •Non-punitive peer review of critical incidents • Scientifically supported identification procedures • Demographic data on all detentions • Mass demonstration policies • Local civilian oversight • No quotas for tickets for revenue • Consent and informed search and seizure • Officer identification and reason for stops • Prohibit profiling and discrimination, in particular as it relates to LGBT and gender nonconforming populations • Encourage shared services between jurisdictions • National Register of Decertified Officers

1. Develop an independent external investigating authority- This authority should fulfill the following goals:

a. Public must trust that deadly use of force incidents and incidents involving excessive use of force are investigated with credibility and integrity.

b. Mechanism for state to conduct a patterns and practice investigation in response to civil rights violations, including police misconduct.

c. Law enforcement agen­cies should establish a Serious Incident Review Board comprising sworn staff and community members to review cases involving officer-involved shootings and other serious incidents that have the potential to damage community trust or confidence in the agency. The purpose of this board should be to identify any administra­tive, supervisory, training, tactical, or policy issues that need to be addressed. (Rec. 2.2.6)

d. Law enforcement agencies should implement non-punitive peer review of critical incidents separate from criminal and administrative investigations. (Rec. 2.3)

2. Prohibit chokeholds, and neck restraints
3. Reform Internal Affairs

a. Ensure that the internal affairs process is transparent and accountable.

b. Community involvement in internal affairs investigations.

4. Reform citizen complaint process

a. Require all law enforcement agencies operating in the State of Connecticut to accept electronic complaints and clearly lay out complaint procedure on their website.

b. Create a statewide public database of police complaints by department and officer, listed by status. (filed, pending, outcome)

5. Require officers to identify themselves by their full name, rank, and command (as applicable) and provide that information in writing to individuals they have stopped. In addition, policies should require officers to state the reason for the stop and the reason for thesearch if one is conducted. (Rec. 2.11)
6. Law enforcement agencies should report and make available to the public census data regarding the composition of their departments including race, gender, age, and other relevant demographic data.(Rec. 2.5)
7. Identify state labor issues that prevent police administrators from easily removing unfit officers

a. Explore fair police union contracts.

b. Explore with POSTC the offenses and procedure for decertifying officers.

8. Amend Alvin Penn Law to include racial/ethnic/gender/religious data collection of Pedestrian stops (Trespass,Loitering, Disorderly Conduct), Breach of Peace, and Interfering with PoliceOfficer.
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