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Mayor Condon Announces Spokane Police Action Plan

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Mayor David Condon today released an action plan designed to help restore public trust and confidence in the Spokane Police Department, the Mayor's top priority since taking office.

"This plan is a comprehensive response to a critical need in our community," says Mayor Condon. "Our citizens are served best by a law enforcement institution that they trust."

"Our officers are ready to get to work on the actions in this comprehensive plan," says interim Chief Scott Stephens. "Our citizens deserve a responsive police department."

The Mayor's Immediate Police Action Plan identifies a series of actions based on recommendations provided by the Mayor's Transition Team Public Safety Committee, the City Council, the Mayor's Advisory Board on Policing, the Police Ombudsman, the interim Police Chief, and Spokane citizens.

The plan is organized around four policy areas of concentration identified by the City Council in their Feb. 6 resolution on this issue:

  • Oversight:  The City believes open, transparent and accountable government works best for the citizens of Spokane.
  • Community Involvement:  Community involvement is a key element to an improved relationship between citizens and the Police Department.
  • Training:  Additional areas of training and possible changes to existing training will improve the quality of and confidence in law enforcement.
  • Enhanced Delivery of Service:  By improving the delivery of services, including data collection, the Police Department can improve accountability and public confidence.

Work on the plan will begin immediately.

Wednesday's announcement is the latest in a series of steps around police accountability that the Mayor has taken since taking office. 

Among other things, the Mayor:

  • Named Spokane Police Major Scott Stephens as the City's interim Police Chief.
  • Created the Mayor's Advisory Board on Policing, which is working with the interim Chief to implement reforms.
  • Empaneled the Use of Force Commission, which is reviewing the Police Department's use of force policy and how it is implemented, among other things.
  • Included  items to enhance police accountability and openness as part of his 100-Day Action Plan.

"We are taking steps every day to improve police accountability," says Mayor Condon.  "I have high expectations of what we will accomplish."

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