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Lake City Police Chief White finishes 1st year

 (Courtesy/Coeur d'Alene Police Department)
(Courtesy/Coeur d'Alene Police Department)

Police Chief Lee White’s first year as Coeur d’Alene’s top law enforcer was fraught with ups and downs, but White said for him, it’s been mostly ups. When White joined the department Sept. 2, 2014, he stepped into a community relations quagmire. The previous July’s officer-involved shooting of a dog that was inside a parked vehicle was still under investigation. Community support for the city’s police officers was wavering. That winter, White convened a citizen Use of Force Review Board, giving community members a voice in the process of analyzing officers’ actions. “When there is something not so cut and dry, they come in and review that,” White said. White said transparency with the community has been a priority since he joined the department/Jamie Sedlmayer, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: How do you think the chief has done so far?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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