Collaborative Reform Initiative: Assessment Report on the Fayetteville Police Department   [open pdf - 4MB]

"Police leaders and researchers agree that policing in the 21st century, specifically police-community relationships, has reached a tipping point. The community's uproar in response to a number of officer-involved shootings since 2014 has highlighted the strain and lack of trust among some police agencies and the communities they serve. In response to community concern, the President formed the Task Force on 21st Century Policing. After convening police executives, researchers, and community leaders to discuss potential solutions to this issue, the task force produced a report1 documenting a number of recommendations for police agencies across the country to increase legitimacy, improve accountability, and build trust. Reevaluating policing strategies, policies, and training is an integral part of meeting these objectives. As a result, a number of police executives across the nation have proactively sought assistance in identifying and addressing gaps in policy, training, and community outreach strategies before a critical incident occurs. Such approaches can potentially mitigate community uproar and calls for civil rights investigations and consent decrees. One police department showing such initiative is the Fayetteville (North Carolina) Police Department (FPD). Since being appointed chief of the department in February 2013, Chief Harold Medlock has made a number of organizational changes, such as moving from two patrol sectors to three, instituting a sector lieutenant position, implementing a Chain of Command Review Board (CCRB), and requiring all officers to attend training on fair and impartial policing. Then, in fall 2014, he requested technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Community Policing (COPS Office) through its Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)."

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United States. Department of Justice. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services: https://cops.usdoj.gov/
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