Policy Recommendations

What is a Management Action Recommendation?

During an investigation, OPA sometimes identifies issues with SPD policies or practices that have implications beyond the case at hand. To address them, OPA can issue a Management Action Recommendation (MAR) in the form of a letter to the Chief of Police identifying specific issues and recommending changes. 

A MAR is a tool for correcting gaps, ambiguities, or other concerns with SPD policies and/or training. 

SPD is not required to implement the suggestions that come from OPA in the form of MARs, but they do actively collaborate and attempt to find solutions as much as possible.

Below are all MARs issued by OPA since 2018, as well as the responses provided by SPD, if available. Links to MARs issued between 2015-2017 are located below their related Closed Case Summary on our Closed Case Summaries page.

Status Definitions

Active: SPD is reviewing the recommendation(s) and will notify OPA when action has been completed.

Partially Implemented: OPA considers the MAR complete. SPD implemented one or more recommendations. For the recommendation(s) SPD did not implement, a rationale was provided. 

Fully Implemented: OPA considers the MAR complete. SPD implemented all recommendation(s) proposed by OPA. 

Declined Action: OPA considers the MAR complete. SPD indicated why no action was taken on the recommendation(s). This rationale may be based on feasibility, law, policy and/or a difference in opinion.

Management Action Recommendations - By Year

Date IssuedCase #TopicOPA Status
March 30, 2020 2018OPA-0395
2020COMP-0006
Special Commission Permits Active
March 30, 2020 2018OPA-0358
2020COMP-0005
Special Commission Permits Active
March 30, 2020 2019OPA-0034
2020COMP-0004
Employee Timekeeping Active
March 30, 2020 2018OPA-0742
2020COMP-0003
Handling Money Evidence Active
January 17, 2020 2019OPA-0383
2020COMP-0002
Employee Wellness Fully Implemented
January 9, 2020 2019OPA-0479
2020COMP-0001
Body-Worn Video Recording Active

Date IssuedCase #TopicOPA Status
12/16/2019 2019OPA-0186
2019COMP-0037
Use of Force Reporting and Investigation Active
12/16/2019 2019OPA-0420
2019COMP-0036
Officer Deployment Fully Implemented
11/14/2019 2019OPA-0364
2019COMP-0033
Search Warrant Exception Fully Implemented
11/8/2019 2019OPA-0168
2019COMP-0032
Ruses Active
11/1/2019 2019OPA-0280
2019COMP-0031
Vehicle Pursuits Active
10/15/2019 2019OPA-0015
2019COMP-0030
Use of Force: Neck and Cartoid Restraint Active
10/10/2019 2019OPA-0225
2019COMP-0029
Search Warrant Exception Fully Implemented
10/10/2019 2019OPA-0105
2019COMP-0028
Canine Deployment Fully Implemented
9/19/2019 2019OPA-0308
2019COMP-0027
Search Warrant Exception Fully Implemented
8/1/2019 2019OPA-0069
2019COMP-0025
Custodial Search Active
7/3/2019 2017OPA-0886
2019COMP-0024
Medical Leave Active
6/25/2019 2019OPA-0097
2019COMP-0017
Criminal Justice Information Systems Fully Implemented
6/18/2019 2019OPA-0172
2019COMP-0021
Canine Deployment Fully Implemented
6/11/2019 2018OPA-1107
2019COMP-0016
Custodial Search Active
6/11/2019 2018OPA-0740
2019COMP-0015
Taser Application Fully Implemented
6/11/2019 2018OPA-1037
2019COMP-0020
Canine Deployment Fully Implemented
5/29/2019 2018OPA-0783
2019COMP-0014
Canine Deployment Fully Implemented
5/29/2019 2015OPA-0370
2019COMP-0013
Secondary Employment Active
3/15/2019 2018OPA-0872
2019COMP-0019
Taser Application Fully Implemented
3/15/2019 2018OPA-0772
2019COMP-0010
Impact of Swatting Partially Implemented
3/15/2019 2018OPA-0751
2019COMP-0009
Detainee Checks Fully Implemented
3/15/2019 2018OPA-0198
2019COMP-0008
Pursuit Termination Declined Action
3/15/2019 2018OPA-0582
2019COMP-0007
Roadblocks Fully Implemented
3/13/2019 2018OPA-0704
2019COMP-0018
De-Escalation/Threats of Force Fully Implemented
3/13/2019 2018OPA-0661
2019COMP-0006
Spit Sock Hood Screening and Reporting Fully Implemented
3/13/2019 2018OPA-0201
2019COMP-0004
Ferrier Warning Fully Implemented
1/18/2019 2018OPA-0250
2019COMP-0023
Terry Template Declined Action
1/17/2019 2018OPA-0577
2019COMP-0001
De-Escalation/Threats of Force Fully Implemented

OPA submitted the following MARs to the SPD Chief of Police on the dates listed below. 

January 10, 2018

Fully Implemented

Bias Reviews (2017OPA-0938, 2017OPA-1014, 2017OPA-1016, 2017OPA-1017, 2017OPA-1018, 2017OPA-1077, 2017OPA-1079, 2017OPA-1108)

Chief of Police Response - Issued February 7, 2018 


January 25, 2018

Fully Implemented

2017OPA-0571 - Specialty Unit Manuals

Chief of Police Response - Issued February 7, 2018


March 9, 2018

Declined Action

2016OPA-0719 - Secondary Employment: Volunteer Work

Chief of Police Response - Issued April 10, 2018

Declined Action

2017OPA-0270 - In-Car Video: Exception to Stop Recording

Chief of Police Response - Issued April 10, 2018


April 5, 2018

This letter contains 14 MARs covering various topics. The status of each policy recommendation is shown below. 

Fully Implemented
2017OPA-0031 - Collision Review Board
2017OPA-0751 - In-Car Video: Following Ambulances
2017OPA-0755 - Secondary Employment at Large Events
2017OPA-0813 - Reporting Misconduct
2017OPA-0820 - DUI Training
2017OPA-1131 - In-Car Video: Following Ambulances
2017OPA-1015 - Follow-Up Investigations

Partially Implemented
2017OPA-0318 - Use of Force Tools: Taser

Declined Action
2017OPA-0420 - Involvement in Vehicle Pursuits
2017OPA-0667 - High-Risk Felony Stops
2017OPA-0705 - Scheduling Training
2017OPA-0909 - De-Escalation
2017OPA-0937 - In-Car and Body-Worn Video Equipment
2017OPA-0967 - Terry Template


July 2, 2018

This letter contains 10 MARs covering various topics. The status of each policy recommendation is shown below.

Fully Implemented
2017OPA-1132 & 2018OPA-0053 - Searches
2017OPA-1301 & 2018OPA-0101 - Recording on Both In-Car and Body-Worn Video

Partially Implemented
2017OPA-0980 & 2017OPA-1008 - Handling Evidence
2017OPA-1196 - Patrol Officer Inspections

Declined Action
2017OPA-0511 - Social Media
2017OPA-1091 - Terry Template
2017OPA-1289 - Acting Sergeants


November 15, 2018

Fully Implemented

2018OPA-0129 - In-Car Video: Following Ambulances

Fully Implemented

2017OPA-1121 - Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

SPD Response - Issued August 14, 2019

Partially Implemented

2017OPA-1218 - Use of Force Reporting

SPD Response - Issued September 11, 2019

Declined Action

2018OPA-0074 - Emergency Vehicle Operations: Vehicle Takedowns

SPD Response - Issued October 4, 2019


November 29, 2018

Fully Implemented

2018OPA-0165 - Body-Worn Video: Recording in Sensitive Areas

SPD Response - Issued September 11, 2019

Fully Implemented

2018OPA-0353 - Search Warrant Exception: Community Caretaking

SPD Response - Issued October 9, 2019

Fully Implemented

2018OPA-0118 - Search Warrant Exception: Vacant Homes

SPD Response - Issued December 10, 2019

Fully Implemented

2018OPA-0061 - Use of Force Tools: Taser

SPD Response - Issued August 14, 2019


December 18, 2018

Partially Implemented

2017OPA-0119 - Use of Force Tools: Taser