POLICE REFORM AND GREATER POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY
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- All potential candidates for the police academy should be required to undergo psychological and character evaluations. Any potential police officer who exhibits racism, severe superiority complex, fear of other races, misogyny, psychopathic behavior or thoughts must be disqualified from entering the police academy. Screening must be intense and intended to weed out individuals who will intentionally mistreat or discriminate against members of any vulnerable community (including communities of color); behave dishonestly; engage in illegal behavior; or act out of fear.
- The amount of training for police officers needs to increase. Police officers are given a great deal of tactical training. However, they are given very little training on communication. A number of situations could be avoided based upon the approach of the police officer. Police officers must be given general communication training in the police academy and additional communication training when they begin at or transfer to a new precinct. They must be instructed in the best practices for dealing and communicating with the communities they serve. The training for communication should be created and taught by an expert in race and/or class relations.
- All officers should be trained in de-escalation procedures, and should be expected to demonstrate adherence to principles of de-escalation in situations involving aggression or potentially aggressive behavior by civilians.
- Trainees and officers must undergo a minimum of biannual diversity training and psychological evaluation.
- Psychological evaluation is needed for officers immediately following any critical incidenct in which they are involved.
- Officers involved in civilian deaths, whose actions are shown to be noncompliant with department policies and procedures, training, and civil rights laws should be summarily fired, and not eligible for employment in any law enforcement capacity.