Since the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd and the many protests across the country, I have spent a great deal of time thinking about our policies and procedures, our community interactions and a variety of other topics on how to improve policing.
I have also received many questions from our community relating to police reform. Overall, we have sound policies, good training, and dedicated men and women that honor their profession and are committed to doing the right thing.
Specifically, here are some examples of what we are doing;
- Mutual respect, honesty, and excellent customer service make up our core values.
- Body cameras have been used in this department for almost 10 years.
- We removed chokeholds from our policy approximately six years ago.
- Every use of force and every show of force is documented and reviewed by a committee.
- Officers receive a minimum of 120 training hours a year; three times more than required to maintain State certification. Training topics include; scenario-based use of force, firearms, less lethal, de-escalation, implicit bias training, and a variety of other topics.
- We participated in over 18 community events last year. Some of these events include our Citizen Academy, Youth Academy, Coffee with a Cop, Neighborhood Watch Meetings, and Draper Safety Days.
- In 2019, our officers responded to 23,799 calls for service. Out of those calls for service, 719 individuals were taken into custody. Of the 719 people taken into custody, force was used seven times and a show of force used 15 times. The only type of force used last year was “hands on.”
This provides a good foundation to build on. Moving forward, I am planning opportunities to meet with our community. I want to listen, learn, and build trusting collaborations within our community.
The problems we face impact everyone and cannot be solved individually. We must come together and work together in building a stronger, safer, and more inclusive community.
-Chief John Eining