Scottsdale PD to implement 29 initiatives this year
February 8, 2018
By Wayne Schutsky
The Scottsdale Police Department will implement 29 initiatives in 2018 based on feedback from the community and law enforcement leaders. The initiatives will tackle a broad range of issues from policing methods to behavioral health.
The department developed the initiatives with help from feedback provided at the Scottsdale City Bridge Forum that took place last January. A wide range of individuals and organizations attended the forum, including Scottsdale Police Chief Alan G. Rodbell and other police chiefs from around the Valley.
The forum also featured information from national groups like the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, Center for Public Safety Management and deployment data from Corona Solutions and a national report on Ferguson Police Department.
Many of the initiatives appear to address the national conversation over policing tactics and increasing dialogue between police and the communities they serve.
“This Bridge Forum demonstrates what can happen when people talk directly to each other and not past each other,” former Arizona legislator Art Hamilton said in a press release. “It gives hope that whatever chasms remain between us can still be bridged.”
Hamilton moderated the Bridge Forum, which featured panelists Governor Doug Ducey, Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Secretary of State Michele Reagan, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane.
Of the 29 initiatives Scottsdale Police Department adopted, 15 focus on policing methods, social justice, or outreach and engagement, according to information provided by the department.
“There is nothing more important to any community or our country as a whole than the rule of law and the fair and equal enforcement of those laws,” Lane said in the press release.
The policing methods initiatives cover a broad range of reforms, including ensuring the department is hiring the right candidates. It also deals with communication training, de-escalation training and analyzing department deployment data by culture and community.
One initiative also deals with the “Guardian vs Warrior Philosophy.” That means the department will make efforts to “Institutionalize the concept of the officer being a guardian of the people, including their civil liberties and constitutional rights, and not a soldier from an occupying force…” according to information from the department.
The justice category includes a focus on establishing a dialog with minority communities, recognition of cultural and generational differences and enhancing department training for implicit and explicit biases. The department also has three initiatives that focus on building engagement with youth in the community.
The outreach and engagement initiatives generally deal with developing partnerships and increasing engagement between the department and all segments of the Scottsdale community. That may include hosting informal outreach events.
The department also adopted three initiatives aimed at improving the way Scottsdale police officers respond to behavioral health situations and how the department can establish resources for officers dealing with trauma.
In addition to those initiatives, the department addressed ways it can share information accurately and expeditiously with media, and how it can capture and share data to increase transparency.