TRANSFORMING TOGETHER

Strengthening Police-Community Relationships in SLC

Mayor Biskupski and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown have been working with community members to foster constructive dialogue, address steps being taken to strengthen relationships between police and the community, and identify areas of policy and operations that could better reflect public need. Over one-hundred and thirty people from across Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County participated.

Since February, Chief Mike Brown has been meeting with the Community Action Group (CAG), a coalition of community members representing community members from the ACLU, NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and Community Coalition for Police Reform, and Cop Watch SLC. Their next meeting will be held on August 10, at 5 pm in the Public Safety Building in room A and B. If you have questions, or for more information, contact deedaseed@gmail.com.

 

Community Dialogues

On Thursday, July 21st Mayor Biskupski and Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown held a public engagement workshop to foster constructive dialogue, address steps being taken to strengthen relationships between police and the community, and identify areas of policy and operations that could better reflect public need. Over one-hundred and thirty people from across Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County participated.

Through facilitated focus groups and guided process, members of the public provided feedback to help further refine ongoing efforts to transform and bolster police and civilian relationships in Salt Lake City – including de-escalation training, the role of the Civilian Review Board, training and hiring of police officers, and access to data vis-à-vis the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) web page. 

De-escalation Training

De-escalation discussion revealed different understandings of what de-escalation should be as well as types of training that could potentially diminish bias. Members of the public commonly associated de-escalation with high levels of respect, feeling heard, not being afraid, patience, cultural sensitivity, and calmness and space for parties to understand each situation. Read more...

 

CIVILIAN REVIEW BOARD

Conversation surrounding Salt Lake City’s Civilian Review Board, the Mayor and City Council appointed board charged with reviewing certain police actions, (click here for more information) centered on role, power, effectiveness, and transparency of board conclusions. Read more...

TRAINING & HIRING

Training and Hiring focus group sessions concentrated on requirements for employment, training upon initial hiring and continued professional development, and the public’s perception of qualities needed to be a successful police officer. SLCPD explained that state law governs a great deal of training practices for all Utah police officers. Many voiced concerns about bias in policing practices and called for independent cultural competency education for all officers. Read more...

WEBSITE

SLCPD showed their website to the full group of participants in order to point out where various types of information was located. The majority of the group indicated that they did have internet access at home, but offered suggestions to make the website easier to navigate and use as a public information tool including:  larger text, use of multiple languages, better email response time, a vocabulary list to define professional jargon, and easier to find contact information. Read more...