Six weeks after the Police Advisory Panel turned over to the city its final report with 62 recommendations and 49 sub-recommendations on how to improve the Sarasota Police Department, the city will reveal which of those measures it supports.
City commissioners will hear this evening a staff report on the panel’s suggestions and may implement. Of the 111 total recommendations, city officials say 40 have already been completed. Thirty-eight of those are supported but will need more time to complete. Seven have alternate suggestions from city staff; eight are supported but need outside help to complete; and four require further explanation.
City staff does not support, because of budget constraints or objections, 14 of the recommendations. They include:
• Creating a permanent Police Advisory Panel.
• Deleting language that would make it difficult to prosecute people who make false accusations against police officers.
• Revising the Early Intervention Program, which helps identify problem officers.
• Allocating money to help the department recruit minority officers.
• Providing housing to officers living in high-crime areas.
• Conducting a $40,000 to $80,0000 citizens survey to gauge the success of the police-department changes.
City Manager Bob Bartolotta said implementing all the suggested changes would cost the city more than $500,000.
Contact Robin Roy at email@example.com.
Currently 0 Responses
12 French open house
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
12 Picture Day, Free for the kids
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
12 Children's World 50th birthday party
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
12 Dog Days of Summer Adoption Event
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Show of support
Siesta Key Hardware owners Patricia and James Hillier are bringing the island community closer together.
Southeastern Guide Dogs has announced a T-shirt design contest for its 2015 walkathon held across the state.
Growing up green
More than 80 campers experienced the beauty of nature at the S.T.E.M. Summer Camp last week in Venice.