Fair and Impartial Policing Training
The Community Compact hosted a Fair and Impartial Policing Training on April 30th and May 1st that focused primarily on implicit vs. explicit biases. On the recommendation of Geneva Chief of Police, Jeff Trickler, the cultural awareness and training subcommittee, through the amazing work of Brandon Bryant, Linda Whitley, and Cliff Chan, retired Police Chief Noble Wray from Madison Wisconsin came to Geneva and conducted his nationally recognized training.
Geneva Police Department’s command staff and 22 diverse stakeholders of our community took part in the day and a half training. As part of this training, there was a community forum that was held on Monday evening where members of the community were able to share their concerns within the community and staff were able to hear feedback in terms of next steps. There were concerns about citizen information, communication, involvement and the creation of a Citizen Advisory Board. Specific questions were asked of Chief Wray, Geneva Police Department and Community Compact stakeholders. Each of the questions are currently being worked on. Once those questions and answers are compiled, they will be posted on our website.
This group is working on Immediate next steps, which include best practices used in other like-size cities, finalizing plans to reconvene this training group and have additional community forums on this issue to create steadier dialogues, practices, and policies. The Community Compact also wants to work on a co-produced Community Compact Comprehensive Plan that would incorporate items that they learned with this training. The Community Compact is focused on sharing information, working with all of its stakeholders on moving forward all of these action items.
Doris Myers, City Clerk and members of the Community Compact, believes that progress is happening. “With all of the Community Compact’s work, community involvement, and an amazing police force all at the table we are working hard to make this Geneva the best City it can be every person living here.” She adds, “I know there is a long road ahead of us, but there is progress happening every day with the dedication of the entire community.”
The questions that were taken at the community forum will have answers by the end of June.
Contact: Doris Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org