For Immediate Release
October 20, 2014
CONTACT: Dean M. Kueter, Jr
COPS OFFICE WILL ASSESS BALTIMORE POLICE POLICIES, TRAINING, AND OPERATIONS AS THEY RELATE TO USE OF FORCE AND INTERACTIONS WITH CITIZENS
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - Today the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announced the beginning of a review of the Baltimore Police Department's use of force policies and practices. The scope of the work announced today will include an assessment of policies, training, and operations as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens, taking into account national standards, best practices, current and emerging research, and community expectations. Following the assessment, COPS will issue a report detailing the findings along with specific recommendations for improvement. COPS will assess progress made at the 6-month and 12-month marks issuing follow up reports.
Ronald L. Davis, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services said, “The Collaborative Reform Initiative we embark on today is just that–a collaboration–and everything this partnership entails will be done in an open and transparent fashion.”
Continued Davis, “When law enforcement misconduct is uncovered, the U.S. Department of Justice has a variety of tools available to respond. Responses to misconduct in law enforcement organizations fall along a continuum of intervention, with the specific response calibrated to address the particular circumstances of any given situation.”
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services developed the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance in 2011 as an independent and objective way to transform a law enforcement agency through an analysis of policies, practices, training, tactics, and accountability methods around key issues facing law enforcement today.
The goal of the Collaborative Reform Initiative is to help change the ways that law enforcement agencies build community partnerships and enhance transparency; transform agencies through decision making and policies; and institutionalize reforms with integrated accountability measures.