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"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Seattle Police Department master plan is quite impressive

The document SPD 20/20: A Vision for the Future is more an action plan or implementation document rather than a full blown deep "master plan."

In any case, it's still quite impressive. Probably most police departments don't have an equivalent plan of such breadth, creativity, and depth.

Just look at the items concerning "protecting constitutional rights" and think of the millions that have been paid out because of how DC's police department has handled demonstrations among others (New York City's police department has issues both with managing demonstrations and "stop and frisk" operations, especially in public housing--"Stop and Frisk, Part 3" from the New York Times; and there are similar problems in Toronto, see "Toronto police TAVIS stop of four teens ends in arrests, captured on video" from the Toronto Star; it's also been a problem locally with how the Prince George's County police department responded to college student post-sports debacles in College Park, "Beating, coverup give black eyes to Prince George's police." from the Washington Post).

Here are the 20 initiatives incorporated in the SPD vision plan:

Protecting Constitutional Rights
1. Modernize Public Demonstration Management
2. Develop Protocols to Prevent Low-Level Offenses from Escalating
3. Address Biased Policing

Training for Seattle’s Values

4. Train All Officers on Use of Force Standards Consistent with Seattle’s Values
5. Train Officers in Appropriate Search and Seizure Practices
6. Improve Supervision by Creating a Sergeant’s Academy
7. Improve Leadership by Creating a Commander Academy
8. Train New Officers to Understand Seattle

Earning Public Trust

9. Improve Review of Uses of Force
10. Develop a Binding, Written Code of Ethics
11. Recruit Great Officers
12. Systematic Enforcement of Professional Standards
13. Enhance Early Intervention Systems

Using Data-Driven Practices

14. Implement a Data-Driven Approach to Policing
15. Work with Major City Police Departments to Develop Best Practices

Partnering With the Public
16. Listen and Explain with Equity and Dignity
17. Provide Better Information to the Public
18. Improve Transparency and Accountability
19. Launch a Community Outreach Initiative
20. Create a Culture of Public Service

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At 8:39 AM, Anonymous charlie said...

let me do a Richard Layman imitation: what I don't see on the plan is reducing crime.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...

Good point.

At 7:08 AM, Blogger Vinay Singh said...

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