To provide for a more comprehensive review of complaints and to ensure that the public is aware of the Department's willingness to receive complaints in an open manner, the Department should reach out to community organizations by December 2016 to connect with members of the community who may have complaints.
The Police Chief and City Manager have been meeting with a number of community groups to encourage citizens to share their concerns and become more involved with the City. The City Manager has formed an informal Latino Advisory Group to discuss how to best reach out to the Latino Community. He also spoke at Spanish masses at the Catholic Church and communicated that everyone is welcome to come to City Hall to share any concerns they have. The Chief has spoken to the Rotary Club and other groups. However, the 4 Cities United grant will fund an increased public outreach effort for the entire Police Department.
The Department provided several examples demonstrating that its staff has provided opportunities for members of the community to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know officers. Some of the examples included translations in Spanish. Because the Department has substantiated its claim of meeting with community members to hear concerns, we have assessed this recommendation as fully implemented.
†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.
*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.