COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The City of Columbus is rolling out a new dashboard that gives you at home the ability to see how they’re making progress when it comes to the promise to reform its police practices.
It is an interactive website that keeps the public up-to-date on what has and hasn’t been done.
As the protests have waned here in Columbus, the demands for police reform have not gone away. The chief and mayor say this new dashboard gives you the at home the hold them accountable for the promises they’ve made.
“We’re working to rebuild trust, and advance real change, and real reform now,” said Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.
The City has been given more than 200 recommendations on how it can improve the policies and procedures of Columbus police officers. They range from how they recruiting officers, training them, and discipline they receive for actions deemed unacceptable.
“We want the public to be able to keep track of where each recommendation and initiative stands,” said Ginther.
This new dashboard has the safety commission recommendations, the full matrix report, and other CPD initiatives. You can read each recommendation and see if it’s completed, in-progress, or need to be bargained with the Fraternal Order of Police.
It might also help Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan.
“My chief advisory panel can take a look at this and say we need to prioritize items 1, 2, and 3 and get those on the fast-track,” said Quinlan.
The 14-member panel was created back in June to help the chief focus on issues important to the community. The group acts as a liaison between the community and police chief. Now they have this tool to further help them with their input on strategies and the development of community policing practices.
Soon the dashboard will include reports on use of force, citizen complaints, and discharged firearms.