One of the most important hallmarks of an effective law enforcement agency is the presence of a robust – and ideally independent – monitoring and oversight agency. Have you implemented one yet? What about the department’s Internal Affairs division? Is it functioning effectively in establishing clear police enforcement standards and enacting discipline, where necessary? Or has a crisis – such as illegal behavior by police officers, the loss of community trust, inadequate use of force policies, or poor weapons training – already placed the agency on the defensive?
Well before reform mandates are imposed upon a local police jurisdiction by federal courts and other authorities, we can play a crucial third-party role in many ways.