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Draft Recommendations

The following 7 draft recommendations were presented to the Community and Local Law Enforcement Task Force on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM.  Revisions, as indicated below, were presented on April 13, 2015.

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Responding effectively to critical incidents is about more than dealing with perpetrators, victims and crime scenes. Critical incidents can have profound effects on the families of those involved and the communities they represent. Addressing the needs of these stakeholders in a personal and professional manner and understanding the impact these events have on their lives is critical to fostering trust and good will between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Failure to recognize and address the diverse needs of families and communities following critical incidents may inadvertently cause alienation, misunderstandings and lack of trust.

This recommendation was revised on April 13, 2015.

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The Community Policing philosophy is based on the understanding that a strong and supportive relationship between law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and the communities they serve is critical to effective policing and community development. For some communities in Sonoma County, this relationship has been strained and trust has been eroded. In order to begin to bridge this gap and rebuild trust, new law enforcement programs and activities to engage and support communities are warranted.

This recommendation was revised on April 13, 2015.

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These recommendations focus on an active plan for developing and enhancing community stakeholder relationships between local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and the communities they serve, with an emphasis on facilitating and improving community dialogue and interactions.

Establishing and supporting strategic relationships and programs with community-based organizations and stakeholders is central to the community policing philosophy. These relationships help to build trust between local LEAs and the communities they serve and make for better and more effective policing.

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These recommendations focus on creating a community policing, outreach and engagement plan, developed and agreed upon by residents and law enforcement, in the Moorland area in Southwest Santa Rosa. This project will serve to build trust, reduce crime and improve the quality of life of Moorland neighborhood residents. It will also act as a pilot project that may be replicated in other priority areas in the County.

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The Community Policing subcommittee found it necessary through our investigations of current practices to include recommendations focusing on law enforcement agency (LEA) hiring and training.

In order to begin to instill trust that has been lacking in certain communities between the residents and local law enforcement agencies (LEAs), the Community Policing subcommittee strongly recommends that local LEAs commit to a broad and effective Community Policing philosophy with significant and meaningful involvement from the communities they serve. In keeping with the Community Policing philosophy, the subcommittee also strongly recommends that all local LEAs make additional efforts to hire and maintain staff that are reflective demographically, culturally, and linguistically of the communities they serve. 

This recommendation was revised on April 13, 2015.

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The use of deadly force by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Sonoma County is of deep concern to many of the communities they serve. In several instances over the past decade, events where deadly force has been used have had a deep eroding effect on the trust between communities and law enforcement.

Updating and clearly defining use of force policies, along with better equipping officers to handle high-stress situations in a safe and non-lethal manner where deadly force may be an option, is one way to begin to rebuild trust in communities and to prevent further tragedies from occurring. 

The Community Policing subcommittee recommends that local law enforcement agencies (LEAs) maintain high-level, quality service; to ensure officer safety, accountability, and effective policing.

This recommendation was revised on April 13, 2015.

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Community policing subcommittee found it necessary to include a recommendation on a policy for Body-Worn Cameras.  The use of deadly force by the Sheriff's Office/Law Enforcement Agencies is of deep concern to many of the communities they serve.  In several instances over the past decade, events where deadly force has been used have had a deep eroding effect on the trust between communities and law enforcement. The County of Sonoma has recently purchased Body Worn Cameras for the Sheriff's Office.   It is recommended that the Sheriff's Office and Law Enforcement Agencies have a policy on the use of use Body Worn Cameras.  The policy should ensure transparency and have safeguards in place that provides a check and balance.

This new recommendation was presented on April 13, 2015.

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