Community Advocates Group

Transparency & Communication Recommendation Status Next steps
Data on use of force Make available publicly on website with demographic info DONE

Visit webpage here.

Better access to it on web, and what do we do with it?
What does it mean? African Americans make up 2.7% of Salt Lake City’s population, yet they represented 11% of the population subjected to force.
Aggregate data on interaction w mentally ill folks and/or people under the influence of drugs/alcohol Track this information to examine the extent of these encounters, and the cost – potentially as a basis to explore alternatives. SLCPD looking at a possible ways to collect this info w/out violating privacy Continue discussing –
SL County is launching an experimental alternative to incarceration program that will work with some of these people.
Building community connections Increase dialogue w/community, work together for change Ongoing

Visit Community Engagement Page here. 

Continue the excellent series of community meetings between SLCPD leaders/staff and community.  Make a list of the kinds of events taking place, post on SLCPD website, w info about how to get involved
Community-friendly web site Website that expresses shared vision of building a better community through just and humane law enforcement, and community engagement DONE Continue ongoing updates and improvements.
Body Cam footage release policy Policy that describes how and when use of force body cam footage is to be released DONE

To date, two releases have been made. Available to view on
Accountability Recommendation Status Next steps
CRB Independent attorney DONE

CRB details here.

City Council provided funding for this
  Review – mini-audit, talk with people who have served, how can it be better? discuss
  Answer questions about best practices/research re: CRB – what should we expect, versus what’s happening?
What are pros/cons of elected CRB?
Had first conversation with CRB staff Follow-up
Complaints Make it easier for people to file “Complaint” button on web page DONE

Complaint button located on homepage.

Complaint button easily found on homepage of website.
Data tracking To measure change we need to track data In process What needs to be tracked and shared with the public
Body Cam video The SLCPD should develop a way to audit body cam video In discussion
Community/public videos Need policies that protect individual rights to record & publicize NEEDS DISCUSSION
SLCPD Culture/Practice Recommendation Status Next steps
Training More emphasis on de-escalation Ongoing

Learn first hand with the Citizens Academy.

Get better sense of what is in training NOW, what cutting edge programs are being offered nationwide
  More women, people of color, individuals w/different backgrounds in charge of training DONE Continue to seek diversity as staff changes over. SLCPD currently has two female training officers; five laterals; wide range of experience and skills.
  Interaction with dogs NEEDS DISCUSSION More protective policies for injury/death of community member pets
Hiring Prioritize diversity hiring
Explore new recruitment opportunities
On going Continue attending diverse recruitment fairs; work with city HR on recruiting best practices.
Staffing 2 officers on every call, in order to help prevent use of force DONE This was Chief Brown’s idea, and it’s a good one.
  Making sure officers are not overworked On going Continual hiring process cycle; intent to over-hire to maintain staffing levels.
  Integrate new social workers into work of SLCPD HOST DONE

Community Connection Center Webpage

Track progress, learn from program which seeks to help homeless people with services provided by social workers, create diversionary programs.
Communication/Dispatch Making sure officers receive essential information from dispatch DONE


Continual research of best practices and software advances.
Values Demonstrate de-escalation as value DONE Continue awarding outstanding tactics and stay abreast of industry best practices; continual training in Arbinger, Blue Courage, and Fair and Impartial Policing
  Adoption of PERF principles Discussion in process SLCPD lets us know which they’ve adopted
(we like all of them).
  Seek CALEA Accreditation In process

CALEA Information

Should be complete in 2020.
Support for officers PTSD counseling In process Get legislature to amend workers compensation laws to allow for treatment of PTSD by first responders

External stakeholder engagement.

  Meditation/wellness On going

SLC Wellness Program

Weekly Yoga classes offered to sworn personnel; Expanded wellness program; Improved Peer Support; Hired new position for mental health/well being program.
  Child care assistance In process Mayor Biskupski is working to set-up child care assistance for all city employees (including SLCPD)