Question One:

Norfolk Police Department is committed to a partnership with the Center for Policing Equity and is using data driven intervention strategies and redesigning public safety systems to foster improved relations between the Department and the various constituencies within Norfolk. If you have worked with the Center in your career or have experience in implementing these strategies, provide a brief summary of the program, your role in the effort, and your evaluation of the outcome. If you have your own ideas for practical improvements in developing such efforts, set them out in your response.

Candidate C Answer: 

If selected as the Police Chief, I look forward to working with CPE to review data and processes to guide initiatives, so they are effective but do not impair community relationships. The use of data to deploy resources and implement violence reduction initiatives is paramount. Using data allows NPD to focus on those individuals and locations responsible for inordinate amount of disorder and violence. Data driven strategies should be focused on quality arrests, not quantity. By focusing on quality, we will not alienate the community by making arrests or taking enforcement actions that do not reduce specific crime conditions, such as, Zero Tolerance initiatives that focuses on sheer arrests which only impairs police/community relationships. One of my first priorities as the newly selected Police Chief will be to assess NPD's data collection and analysis capabilities.

In my experiences as a commanding officer of several commands across the Police Department and now as an Executive team member, we have partnered with Dr. Lorie Fridell with Fair and Impartial Policing, LLC which focuses on implicit bias awareness training. This training is taught in the recruit academy as well as [Redacted] to the command staff. The value of this approach was the inclusion of community stakeholders such as faith-based organization, private business, and community leaders. The training can be tiered to focus on different community groups and officer ranks.

I was responsible for leading an initiative in partnership with the Department of Justice Community Relations Services (CRS) called Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships (SPCP). This program facilitated by CRS, is designed to bring diverse communities and Police Departments together to assist state and local governments, private and public organizations, educational institutions, and community groups to resolve community-based conflicts stemming from issues related to race, color, and national origin. The program starts with selected diverse community and police planning team members, led by representatives from CRS. The results of this initiative to date have been the recognized community priorities in a specific geographical location within the city, and the [-] SPCP council. The council is committed to follow-up meetings and implementation of several solutions developed by community leaders.

In my experience as a senior leader and if selected as the Police Chief, I will establish policy that clearly demonstrates the Departments commitment to equitable, compassionate, fair, and professional policing strategies. The data collection process will include an early intervention system that alerts supervisory staff on officer behaviors related to use of force, sick time, missed court, and internal and citizen complaints. Additionally, we will create internal processes that tracks officer enforcement activities and interactions with community members. This approach layered with calls for service data, citizen contacts, traffic stops, crash locations, and Part 1 crime data will provide an accurate account of our policing strategies to City Leadership and the community we serve.

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