- Consistent reporting of use of force incidents using standard software suggested by the Department of Justice, BlueTeam.
- Meeting with the Use of Force Commission to determine whether a department culture audit is needed.
- Study the patterns and behaviors of officers with repeated uses of force. Also, reduce the number of incidents per year that require the review of an officer from 6 to 4.
- Evaluate whether to continue the use of the lateral vascular neck restraint, a controversial hold restricting oxygen to the brain that has spawned lawsuits across the country. The hold is commonly referred to as a “sleeper,” “choke” or “blood” hold, but police dispute these terms.
- Update the department’s rifle policy: When to use them, and who needs to carry them.
- Speed up the Internal Affairs procedures for officer-involved homicides.
- Develop a list of bylaws for the Office of the Police Ombudsman.
- Invite the Office of the Police Ombudsman to participate in Use of Force training.
- Hold a citizen’s academy to illustrate Use of Force training to the public.
- Create a Police Chief’s Advisory Council to solicit input from the public.
- Conduct a staffing study for the department to see where more officers are needed.
- Allow agencies whose officers have used force and launched a Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team investigation to timely release information to the media about the event.
Blue markers indicate homicides involving Spokane Police officers, green markers are homicides involving Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies. Click the marker for more information about each incident.
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