Building Public Trust through the Effective Reporting of Police Use of Deadly Force and Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted or Killed in the Line of Duty

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Building Public Trust through the Effective Reporting of Police Use of Deadly Force and Law Enforcement Officers Assaulted or Killed in the Line of Duty

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WHEREAS, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world's largest membership organization of police executives that provides the professional voice of law enforcement; and

 

WHEREAS, in a free society, law enforcement is entrusted and expected to protect the civil rights of all of its citizens; and the vast majority of police officers perform their duty in a professional and impartial manner free of bias; and

 

WHEREAS, the International Association of Chiefs of Police recognizes that tensions created by some police contacts with citizens have become a concern to police and citizens alike; and this tension has been heightened by allegations of excessive use of force by the police; and

 

WHEREAS, the relationship between some departments and their community may have contributed to a rise in assaults on police officers; and

 

WHEREAS, our members acknowledge that to strengthen trust and confidence between law enforcement and the community, its citizens and officers must have mutual respect; and

 

WHEREAS, several states have passed legislation that mandates all law enforcement agencies in each of the respective states to report the use of deadly force against a civilian to their respective state: and

 

WHEREAS, the issue of police use of deadly force is such an important topic that a national database should be created for accurate reporting and tracking rather than a piecemeal system from state to state;

 

WHEREAS, law enforcement agencies voluntarily contribute Law Enforcement Officers Killed & Assaulted (LEOKA) data to the FBI through UCR; and

 

WHEREAS, the latest LEOKA report from 2014 shows there is not comprehensive reporting on assaults against police officers; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recommends the Department of Justice establish nationwide mandatory police use of deadly force reporting standards for law enforcement; and, be it

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the IACP recommends the Department of Justice make the reporting of Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted to the FBI through UCR mandatory; and be it

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, that law enforcement leaders should embrace the mandatory use of deadly force reporting and the mandatory reporting of law enforcement officers killed and assaulted in order to demonstrate law enforcement's commitment to transparency, fair and impartial policing and to gain trust from the community.

 

 

 

Submitted by: Civil Rights Committee

CRC. 11.t16

 

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