The Police Conduct Oversight Commission met on October 14, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. representing a full 12 months of operation.
The first item on the agenda was a 2013-2014 report from the Police Conduct Oversight Commission (PCOC) by its Chair, Andrea Brown. Chair Brown highlighted the accomplishments of the first year and forecasted work to be done in 2015. For more information, please see the PCOC report online by clicking here.
Next, Chief Janeé Harteau spoke on behalf of the Minneapolis Police Department. Chief Harteau discussed the upcoming body camera tests and the development body camera standard operating procedures. The PCOC will receive further updates on the policy in order to provide feedback to MPD.
Next, Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR) Director Michael Browne gave a report on OPCR data from the third quarter of 2014. The quarter involves the summer months, where there tends to be an increase in the number of cases. The OPCR consistently utilized coaching, mediation, investigations and dismissals despite the high number of complaints and closed a significant number of complaints in the third quarter. Find the report online here.
The use of coaching by MPD supervisors increased in the third quarter, as the coaches are getting more comfortable with this process. The chief continued to issue discipline on cases which came directly from the review panel. Case decisions by the Panel remained unanimous, demonstrating consistent and clear investigations. During the third quarter, the chief issued three suspensions.
The Commission then received an update on outstanding research and study projects by OPCR Legal Analyst Ryan Patrick. The Cultural Awareness Project is nearing completion, and there will be a report available in November. This will include three components: scholarly articles on officer learning styles, a broad comparison of cultural awareness trainings by various law enforcement agencies, and potential structures for delivering training.
Lastly, the commissioners discussed new business, including updates from the Policy and Procedure Committee and Outreach Committee. The Policy and Procedure Committee discussed actions on cases referred to the Committee. The Outreach Committee outlined a discussion with MPD on youth outreach. The Outreach Committee also discussed the positive experiences of listening sessions.
The PCOC then discussed case summaries and voted on new case synopses. Case summaries and case synopses are published on the PCOC website monthly. They also announced that Commissioner Weinbeck moved out of the City of Minneapolis, and his seat will be filled during the appointment process.
Blog written by:
Jennifer L. Dunham
J.D. Candidate Class of 2016
University of Saint Thomas