Almanac Between Issues April 21, 2004
RESPONSE TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY AD HOC COMMITTEE ON RACIAL PROFILING REPORT
April 20, 2004
I would like to thank Dr. Dennis Culhane, Chairman of the Division of Public Safety's Advisory Board and Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Profiling, as well as all of the members of this committee for the work they undertook in producing this thoughtful report.
Racial profiling is a serious concern nationally, and for our community. Professional police departments who are concerned about their communities have developed Bias Based Profiling policies to ensure that their officers are treating all citizens equally and with respect. To this end, the Penn Police Department issued Directive Number 87, Bias Based Profiling on January 26, 2001. The Committee benchmarked the UPPD's policies and procedures regarding bias based profiling, as well as community oriented policing measures, with Colleges and Universities, as well as Municipal Police Departments. It is evident that the Ad Hoc Committee has produced a thorough and comprehensive report. I am gratified, that after extensive national research, the Ad Hoc Committee has found that the UPPD's Bias Based Profiling policy is consistent with national standards. Chief of Police, Tom Rambo, and I agree that the UPPD can continue to enhance its delivery of services to the community. We enthusiastically accept the Committee's recommendations and have already begun to implement a number of new programs and procedures.
The programs are as follows:
TRAINING FOR ALL DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL:
TRAINING FOR THE COMMUNITY ON INTERACTIONS WITH THE UPPD:
REVIEW AND REPORTING OF DATA:
In order to ensure the integrity and spirit of the Bias Based Profiling policy the following changes will be made to the policy:
CITIZEN'S COMPLAINT PROCESS:
Several years ago the Citizen's Complaint Process was revamped. As a result, citizens were able to access the complaint forms and an explanation of the process through the following means:
ADDITIONAL METHODS FOR SUBMITTING CITIZEN COMPLAINTS:
During the monthly DPS & Minority Coalitions' Student Leaders meeting, a student suggested that the UPPD train the below named student organizations to accept and forward citizens complaints to the UPPD. This procedure is being implemented immediately.
CUSTOMER SERVICE PROGRAMS:
In order to increase the effectiveness of services to our community we are in the process of developing the following programs:
COMMUNITY POLICING PROGRAMS:
BIAS BASED PROFILING POLICY REVIEW:
While the Ad hoc Committee found that the UPPD's bias based profiling policy is consistent with national standards, nonetheless, the UPPD will review the policy and examine ways to improve its effectiveness.
On behalf of the women and men of the UPPD and the entire Division of Public Safety I look forward to implementing these new programs and to continue to deepen our partnership with the community.