Dayton unveils ‘Police Transparency Portal’

Miami Valley News

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton announced a new police transparency portal Monday as part of the city’s police reform efforts.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said in the conference that over 125 community members, police, clergy and elected officials worked to examine the Dayton Police Department’s policies and practices.

After introducing a long list of recommendations in April, the Police Reform Implementation Committee met for the first time in late April.

There are 142 recommendations that were made. Whaley said nearly all have been accepted by the Dayton City Commission are in the process of implementation.

“These recommendations are critical, but I believe that the new dialogues opened up between citizens and their government were equally important,” said Whaley. “City Commissioners, police, most of city leadership got to hear directly from the community about they they want to be policed.”

Some of the recommendations include:

  • The creation of an alternative response model for non-violent calls
  • A focus on recruiting a more diverse police force
  • New prohibitions and reporting requirements about use of force
  • New de-escalation policy and training
  • More comprehensive system

“This process was not perfect, but I feel confident that the outcomes were driven by the community,” said Whaley.

The transparency portal displays information on the recommendations along with police-related data including the following areas: reported crime, calls for service, arrests, use of force and officer-involved shootings.

“The dashboard includes aggregate information to protect the identity of victims and protect the identity of uncharged suspects,” said City of Dayton Management Analysis Abbie Patel-Jones.

Whaley said the portal will help the public keep track of reform implantation and broader trends in police activity.

Over the next few months, the job of the Police Reform Implementation Committee will be to make sure progress is made to implement the reforms as they were intended by the working groups that created them.

“We can do it better in Dayton and I see it as a way for us to be a national best practice,” Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein said.

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