IMRP: Police Transparency & Accountability Task Force Issues Final Report

Police Transparency & Accountability Task Force, Public Act 19-90 Sec.6 Public Act 19-90, Section 6 established a task force to study police transparency and accountability. During a July 2020 special session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Public Act 20-1, which made modifications to the task force by adding additional priorities for evaluation and recomendation.In January the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy’s (IMRP) Police Transparency & Accountability Task Force (PTATF) issued its final report of recommendations. After two years of evaluating how the State’s police do their jobs, their report was unanimously approved.

The Force’s proposals was sent for consideration at the start of this year’s legislative session, which began Wednesday. Their recommendations include:

  1. Diversification and Community Involvement Goals
  2. State-level Dissemination of Promising Practices to Support Diversification
  3. Establish a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit within POSTC
  4. Explore Diversity among Civilian Staff
  5. Allowing LCSW to Conduct Behavioral Health Assessments
  6. Training Regarding Interactions with the Disability Community
  7. A- 7.F Assessment and Improvements to Pre-Police Contact Measures
  8. A – 8.H: Improvements to Police Contact through Police Programs, Resources, and Services
  9. Funding for Pre-Police Contact Improvements
  10. Implementation of the Federal 988 Crisis Hotline
  11. Appointment of the Inspector General
  12. Non-Compliance with Mandatory Decertification Reporting
  13. Mandatory State CLESP Tier III Accreditation
  14. Citizen Compliant System
  15. Civilian Review Board Standards
  16. Internal Affairs Investigation Training
  17. Primary and Secondary Stop Proposal
  18. Police Census Data
  19. Public Availability of Police Policies
  20. Civilian Interview Panels
  21. A – 21.B: Police Peer Intervention/Duty to Intervene Training

The Force includes police officials, reform advocates and a representative of people with disabilities. Earlier this year the report was covered by the Associated Press.

Acronyms defined

POSTC: Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council

LCSW: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

CLESP: Connecticut Law Enforcement Standards and Practice

Posted by Kish, Lian in IMRP