Police Department Review

1 decade 2 years 3 weeks ago Friday, March 30 2007 Mar 30, 2007 Friday, March 30, 2007 5:23:05 PM CDT March 30, 2007 in News

An independent review of the department was released this week. It offered a number of recommendations to help improve community relationships.

"We think we do a great job of policing ourselves and holding ourselves accountable," said Randy Boehm, Columbia police chief.

Boehm says the department is willing to make improvements, and it has three internal and external goals in mind.

The first is to establish more trust in the community and within the department. Make police work more transparent without violating privacy and improve efficiency inside the department

This way supervisors can spend more time in the field and less time on paper work.

Despite the proposed changes by the police department, some feel that establishing a citizens' review board would be the best solution.

"I think if the people in the city are serious about accountability and their serious about transparency," said Columbia attorney David Tyson Smith, "rather than just giving it lip service, I think the answer would be the creation of a civilian review board in Columbia."

A civilian review board would allow an independent review of complaints against the police department, instead of the department reviewing its own complaints. The new report, however, did not say anything about a review board.

The police department plans to present the report to the city council on Monday.

Reported by Jollene Kuo

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