Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the Salinas Police Department   [open pdf - 6MB]

"Between March and July of 2014, Salinas (California) Police Department (SPD) officers were involved in four officer-involved shootings (OIS). The OIS incidents resulted in the deaths of all four suspects, all of whom were Hispanic. These incidents led to widespread protests against the SPD. Following the four OIS incidents, community members began protesting, as many believed SPD was engaged in biased policing. There were also allegations of brutality, claims that the department was covering up excessive and inappropriate use of force, and a general lack of trust for the department. The SPD's relationships with many in the Hispanic community, particularly in the East Salinas area, were especially damaged by these shooting incidents. As a result of these tensions, Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin contacted the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), seeking assistance through the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA). The COPS Office agreed to provide the requested assistance, and the SPD voluntarily entered into a CRI-TA agreement. The following project goal and four objectives were identified and agreed upon by the COPS Office and the SPD as the focus areas of the assessment: The goal of this CRI-TA assessment is to improve the SPD's responsiveness and accountability to the community, taking into account national standards, promising practices, existing research, and community expectations."

2016 IIR. The U.S. Department of Justice reserves a royalty-free, nonexclusive, and irrevocable license to reproduce, publish, or otherwise use and authorize others to use this publication for federal government purposes. This publication may be freely distributed and used for noncommercial and educational purposes only.
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