Use of Force Commission releases recommendations for Spokane cops



Posted on December 20, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 8:17 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane’s Use of Force Commission released its initial recommendations to the public Thursday afternoon that include Spokane Police using body cameras, more power to the police ombudsman and a “culture audit” of the Spokane Police Department.

The group has spent the last ten months analyzing the Spokane Police Department’s Use of Force policy.

The group, made of five volunteers, has been working since February to come up with ways to improve the city’s police department. Their jobs have been to dissect the police department policies and how officers enforce them. Their discussions have been open to everyone.

The initial 26 recommendations released Thursday included the following:
• Police officers equipped with body cameras
• “Culture audit” of the Spokane Police Department
• Improved training for officers on use of force
• Investing in the office of the police ombudsman
• Allowing full, unrestricted access to the police ombudsman for independent investigations of police use of force
• More dialogue between the Police Chief, the police command staff and the community
• Transparency in union negotiations

The commission will set two dates in January for the public to comment on their recommendations and provide input via email.  Public comments will be allowed through January 30th.

The commission will meet after January to take the public comment into account and then make final recommendations to Spokane Mayor David Condon.