The Police Conduct Oversight Commission held its monthly meeting on January 10, 2016. Highlights included welcoming two new Commissioners; passage of a motion to conduct a Domestic Response Research and Study; updates on the new MPD dashboard for collecting demographic data; details on work with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice; and the forwarding of multiple projects inspired by the Peace Forum to the Audit Committee for potential Study development.
The meeting began by welcoming two new commissioners, Jeffrey Wade and Luke Davis, to the PCOC. Both bring experience and insight that is sure to serve the Commission well. Following this introduction, the OPCR’s Law Enforcement Analyst Ryan Patrick and Policy Analyst Kaela McConnon Diarra, presented a methodology to the Commission for a Research and Study on MPD Domestic Response. The methodology lists Study goals to include: identifying current policy and practice used by the Minneapolis Police Department to respond to domestic police calls; comparing MPD domestic response policy and practice to other jurisdictions; and identifying any areas for improvement in the current policy and practice. The Commission asked questions of the presenters and then passed a motion referring the methodology back to the Audit Committee, to oversee the execution of that methodology into a full Research and Study. See the Prezi from the presentation here. See the methodology here.
Next, Deputy Chief Arradondo addressed the Commission and provided updates on the MPD’s new dashboard for collecting demographic data. The dashboard was created in response to a Research and Study completed by the Commission on Investigatory Stops, which arose concern regarding the lack of demographic information collected for such stops. D.C. Arradondo informed the Commission that the new dashboard is now in use, requiring officers to input demographic information, including race and gender, whenever making an investigatory stop, as well as taking other police action such as traffic stops and truancy stops. Officers must now enter such information to “clear” such a call and move on to another.
The Deputy Chief also provided the Commission with an update on the work the MPD is doing with the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. Recent work includes procedural justice training and implicit bias training. At the end of 2016, every officer on force received implicit bias training. He also told the Commission about training being provided in the community, in order for the public to learn what exactly officers are learning. He hopes members of the Commission will be able to participate in such a training sometime soon.
Committee reports were then made, the most extensive of which, was one from the Outreach Committee. The Outreach Committee focused, in their recent Committee meeting, on the Peace Forum that the Commission participated in this past November, and the recommendations from the community that came out of it. The Commission passed motions to move three such recommendations to the Audit Committee, to potentially create methodologies to look into them further. The topics included: psychological testing for officers prior to joining the force; implicit bias testing; and smart guns.
Commissioners then reviewed case summaries from December case synopses, cases 1, 6, and 8. They then chose cases from the January Synopses to be converted to summaries for next month, cases 3, 7 and 9.
The meeting then adjourned, with the next monthly meeting scheduled for February 14, 2017.