Honoring its commitment toward integrity and transparency, the MPD would like to update city residents on its continued work towards improving 5 areas of the department. In 2013, Chief Harteau requested that the Office of Justice Programs assess the MPD’s current policies and practices related to the police conduct and oversight process.
The OJP recommended improvement in comprehensive communications, community engagement, conduct and oversight practices, the development of an early-intervention system for officers and strengthening the overall performance management systems.
Members of the Department are collaborating with civic leaders, community leaders and members of the Police Federation to find ways to make improvements in those areas. The OJP subcommittees will continue to craft action plans in the coming months. We hope you’ll find the following information helpful as the MPD continues to move forward WITH the community it serves and protects.
It should be noted that this study was not mandated; the Chief requested this review at no cost to the taxpayer and wholeheartedly accepted the noted recommendations. Thorough and impartial researchers studied 6 years of data and validated a significant number of current department initiatives and practices; noting the MPD was moving in the right direction far ahead of the national curve.