SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Mayor and Chief of Police held a news briefing Friday morning to discuss implementing recommendations made by the Use of Force Commission.
The Commission created a 177 page report in January making recommendations to improve safety across Spokane. The 26 recommendations included getting the department accredited, improving investigation during use of force incidents, and strapping body cameras on officers. The four main recommendations focused on oversight, community, involvement, and training.
On Friday, Mayor David Condon released a ‘100 Day Immediate Action Plan’ for Spokane police. Condon’s plan included publishing all redacted internal affairs investigations, increasing accessibility to officers, and enhancing communication with the public.
“If we want to be the safest community, we need to make sure we implement these recommendations,” said Condon.
Later, he stated that his top priority was to be actively involved with Spokane police. The Mayor will request that the City Council approve the use of $1 million from the City’s reserve accounts to pay for changes.
"This community can not wait around,” said Condon, “we need to progress on what we know we need to do."
Chief Frank Straub has developed an implementation plan and timeline for the action items laid out by the Commission. Most of the work will be completed in 2013.
Straub announced that SPD leaders will meet monthly with a mental health committee. He said that police are also reaching out to the NAACP.
Straub also announced that every officer will be equipped with the same equipment. Straub spoke about the possibility of giving body cameras to officers. However, Straub said that the cameras are not in the current budget.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s COPS program has agreed to provide technical assistance to the SPD as part of the implementation plan.
City leaders posted the complete Use of Force Commission action plan online.