Happy to see at least a written plan that is meeting with approval. Other cities are looking to our Cahoots program, as well—-mental health first responders that are well trained.
What are the recommendations?
There are 50 recommendations for changes within the Eugene Police Department across five different categories:
Use of Force: Recommendations include overhauling the crowd control policy, limiting the use of chemical weapons, revising policies on duty to intercede and de-escalation, and demilitarizing uniforms and equipment.
Hiring and Training: Recommendations include reviewing policies and practices to foster an inclusive workplace, improving bias assessment and anti-bias training, and hiring an equity-focused staff member.
Community Oversight: Recommendations include giving the Civilian Review Board the ability to get more evidence, specifying CRB members should not be currently or previously employed by EPD and creating a public database of police stops.
Body-worn Cameras: Recommendations include not muting or editing footage from body-worn cameras, lobbying the state to make footage public record and storing footage externally from the department.
Independent Investigation and Prosecution: Recommendations include giving the CRB its own investigative team and investigative powers, having civilian prosecutors handle cases of potential criminal misconduct by police and lobbying for various changes to state law
All 50 recommendations are summarized in a two-page document at bit.ly/Eugene-ad-hoc-police-2-pager and in a full report at bit.ly/Eugene-ad-hoc-final-report.
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