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Let Professionals be Professionals

To the untrained eye, police work can often appear violent and brutal when officers are performing as professionally as possible. So can surgery.

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MD Agency Suspends Civilian Assistant Chief

The Montgomery County PD says the civilian police chief position was created, in part, to help improve community relations.

Virginia Governor Vetoes Bill to Create Police Auditor in Arlington County

The governor described the bill as “anti-law enforcement,” saying the legislation would create an “overly powerful politically-appointed police auditor.”

LAPD Officers Must Now Explain Pretextual Stops

Under the updated policy, officers making a pretextual stop will have to articulate on their body-worn video cameras the reason for the change.

Chicago Civilian Oversight Suspends Slain Officer, FOP Demands Apology

In a staggering display of insensitivity. COPA's report recommends suspending slain officer Ella French for three days.

Cleveland Voters Approve Civilian Oversight for Police

The city’s police union who was strongly against the ballot measure promised to fight its implementation.

Dozens of NYPD Officers Face Possible Charges, Discipline Over 2020 Unrest Response

The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board received over 750 complaints concerning alleged NYPD officer conduct following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations during summer 2020, according to the agency. Only 313 complaints fell within the board's jurisdiction.

Civilian Oversight Asks Austin Police to Rewrite Use-of-Force Policy

The recommendations outlined suggest APD officers should do a better job of de-escalating tense situations, exhaust all other options before using force, give more warning before firing their guns and step in if they see fellow officers using force excessively.

Providence Mayor Appoints Non-Sworn Police Major

Mayor Jorge Elorza appointed Michael Stephens, formerly the city's director of recreation services, as the Community Relations and Diversion Services Major on Friday.

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DOJ Releases Resources on Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Agencies

The case studies provide an in-depth look at civilian oversight in Atlanta, Cambridge, MA, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

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