Collaborative Reform Initiative: Six-Month Assessment Report on the Spokane Police Department   [open pdf - 7MB]

"In fall 2012, only months after being sworn in as the chief of the Spokane Police Department (SPD), former Chief Frank Straub requested that the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) assess the SPD's use of force policies, processes, and practices. The COPS Office responded and tasked CNA with conducting this assessment under the COPS Office's Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) program. The goal of this review was to improve use of force processes in the SPD, taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research, and community expectations. The objectives of the review were as follows:  (1)Examine the SPD's use of force policies and procedures compared with national best practices and existing research, identify areas for improvement, and provide recommendations.  (2)Analyze a sample of use of force investigation files from 2009 through 2013 and identify trends, strengths, and weaknesses. (3) Examine the role of the ombudsman in use of force investigations compared with national best practices and existing research.  (4)Improve the SPD's culture as it relates to use of force to build trust with the community. The focus of the COPS Office and CNA review centered on the following aspects of SPD's use of force: (1) policy and procedures, (2) training and tactics, (3) investigation and documentation, (4) civilian oversight, and (5) community outreach."

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