(BLOOMINGTON) - In April of 2016, Mayor John Hamilton announced that Bloomington would join approximately 50 other cities across the nation considering implementation of a voluntary series of recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
After careful review by the Board of Public Safety and members of the Bloomington Police Department, those recommendations were implemented as applicable to a department the size of Bloomington's.
Tonight, the Bloomington Police Department will host the second community meeting regarding the implementation of these task force recommendations.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Bloomington Police Department from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The purpose of these community meetings is to open dialogue with community members regarding the Bloomington Police Department's ongoing implementation of action items identified in the 21st Century Policing Report. Sixty-four of the action items in the report applied to local police departments. The Bloomington Police either meets the requirements or has already implemented the recommendations in 60 of the 64 action items.
"I'm proud of our Bloomington Police Department's efforts to embrace transparency, accountability and effectiveness by implementing the recommendations from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. I hope many members of our community will attend at least one of these community meetings to let us know what they see us do well and what areas for improvement exist. Good community policing requires the participation of not just our sworn officers, but of caring, concerned residents, too," commented Mayor Hamilton.
The department hosted its first community meeting on February 20th . There is a third meeting scheduled for March 6th .
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