Communities Must Work with Chiefs To Abolish Laws & Rules that Undermine Discipline and Accountability

Pro Peace Officer

NEW YORK CITY – JUN 27: NYPD Police officers in NYC on June 27, 2012. The New York City Police Department (NYPD), established in 1845, is the largest municipal police force in the United States.

Statement by Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates:

In my career I have had the privilege of working in four police departments in four states, and I want to talk about a major issue in all these departments: police discipline.

One of the most important things police chiefs do is manage personnel, and a portion of that is using disciplinary tools for training and accountability—and occasionally to remove really bad cops from our ranks.

In my experience, in the places in which I have worked, I have regretted that the same community that wants to hold my organization and me accountable for officers’ behavior hasn’t been as invested as it could be in the disciplinary process.

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