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In the six months following the release of the initial report, the Spokane Police Department has made significant progress in 32 of the 42 recommendations. In the six months following the release of the initial report, the Spokane Police Department has made significant progress in 32 of the 42 recommendations.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services released their six-month assessment report of the Spokane Police Department's efforts in implementing 42 recommendations to improve use of force policies, processes and practices handed down last year. 

Last December, the COPS Office released its initial report of the Spokane Police Department, which found 42 findings and 42 recommendations to address the use of force practices and build stronger relationships between the police department at the community. 

In their latest report, the Department of Justice says the Spokane Police Department has made significant progress in 32 of the 42 recommendations, the police department has completed five recommendations and is making "satisfactory implementation progress on the other 27." 

"Of the remaining 10 recommendations, four are directed at the Office of the Police Ombudsman and deemed to be beyond the control of the department, and four are subject to union negotiation," the Department of Justice said in a press release Monday. "Interim Chief Dobrow reached out to the union, discussed the recommendations that are affecting them and advised that these items will be topics during the 2017 negotiations. Informal negotiations begin in summer 2016 on these topics. The remaining two recommendations remain open with no notable actions taken this evaluation period."

“The Spokane Police Department has shown real progress in completing and making strides towards implementing a majority of the Department of Justice recommendations,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “The goal of these recommendations is to not only address use of force policies and practices, but to rebuild the fractured relationship with community stakeholders.”

The COPS Office will release a final progress report that outlines all recommendations implemented in the 18 months following the original assessment report. 

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