A report of the CPC policy recommendations on bias‐free policing, stops and detentions, use of force and in‐car video recordings was distributed to the parties of the settlement agreement on November 15, 2013. At that time, these policy recommendations were also released to the federal Monitor, the Mayor, the Mayor‐elect, the City Council, the Chief of Police, the City Auditor, the OPA Director and Civilian Auditor, and to the chairs of the Seattle Human Rights Commission.
The police department will take under advisement the CPC policy recommendations prior to completing its draft policies on bias‐free policing, stops and detentions and in‐car video recordings. On December 31, 2013, the federal Monitor will make his recommendations to the federal court on whether to approve those draft policies, depending on his judgment as to whether the policies meet the requirements for achieving reform under the settlement agreement. The federal court will ultimately decide whether to accept or reject the Monitor's recommendations.
SPD and the DOJ jointly submitted a draft policy on use of force last August and the federal Monitor has tentatively approved it. The CPC believes substantial revisions to that policy may be in order, and is discussing possible revisions with the DOJ, the police department, and Sue Rahr, the Executive Director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.
A full report of the CPC's community engagement outreach process in October 2013 and what was learned during that outreach effort will be issued in January 2014. The CPC will continue to seek community input in 2014 and 2015.