Law Enforcement: Misconduct and Negative Outcomes
“But, to be clear, although I am from a law enforcement family, and have spent much of my career in law enforcement, I’m not looking to let law enforcement off the hook. Those of us in law enforcement must redouble our efforts to resist bias and prejudice. We must better understand the people we serve and protect—by trying to know, deep in our gut, what it feels like to be a law-abiding young black man walking on the street and encountering law enforcement. We must understand how that young man may see us. We must resist the lazy shortcuts of cynicism and approach him with respect and decency.”
James Comey, 7th Director of The Federal Bureau of Investigation, in his speech Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race
LGO Subject Matter Expert(s):
Licensed Professional Counselor
Mental Health Co-responder, Estes Park Police Department
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“SummitStone’s Co-Responder program has been in Loveland since 2016 and has been a valuable resource for the Loveland Police Department to help build community trust and ease the strain on law enforcement.
Two of SummitStone Health Partners clinicians are embedded in the Loveland Police Department and respond to calls along with officers to help people who are in crisis and help to avoid unnecessary use of emergency services as well as mental health holds.”
“Founded in June 2020, dontcallthepolice.com is an online directory of local resources available as alternatives to calling the police or 911.
We founded dontcallthepolice.com to provide easy access to alternatives to calling the police when faced with a situation that requires de-escalation and/or intervention, not violence.”
“Police use of force policies currently lack basic protections against police violence.
These policies often fail to include common-sense limits on police use of force, including:
Failing to require officers to de-escalate situations, allowing officers to choke or strangle civilians, failing to require officers to intervene and stop excessive force, failing to ban officers from shooting at moving vehicles, failing to develop a Force Continuum, failing to require officers to exhaust all other reasonable means, failing to require officers to give a verbal warning, failing to require officers to report each time they use force or threaten to use force.”
“The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform exists to to save lives and reduce injury among the public and the police by reforming the deeply-flawed, inadequate, and antiquated training models, policies, procedures, and legislative standards for employees in the United States’ Criminal Justice System, particularly for those with the power to arrest, detain, commit, and kill.
At state and national levels, we build a consensus for meaningful reform by involving all impacted communities in our efforts to improve training standards. Through the use of our groundbreaking research—implemented through legislation and national campaigns for public awareness—we work together to create the kind of change we all hope for and deserve.”