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File #: 0188-2021    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/21/2021 In control: Public Safety Committee
On agenda: 2/1/2021 Final action: 2/5/2021
Title: To authorize an appropriation within the Public Safety Initiatives subfund for the purpose of acquiring and deploying a Police early warning system; and to declare an emergency. ($250,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 0188-2021
Explanation
This ordinance establishes funding for the Department of Public Safety to acquire and deploy an early warning system.

An early warning system (EWS) is a benchmarking tool that can be utilized to identify patterns in the behavior of police officers. For those officers demonstrating a pattern of problematic behavior, an EWS can provide for the ability to intervene and correct unprofessional behavior before it escalates to misconduct or any other undesirable outcome. At the same time, a benchmarking tool can also be used to reinforce positive conduct, to support officers, and to foster a stronger sense of community within the police ranks.

In consideration of recent events, the Division of Police has initiated an evaluation of potential early warning system products, and a recommendation on a selected product is shortly anticipated. In order to avoid any delay in the contracting, acquisition, and deployment process, this funding is being made available now, prior to passage of the 2021 operating budget.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the Public Safety Initiatives subfund.

Emergency action is requested in order to avoid any delay in the acquisition and deployment of a Police early warning system.

Title
To authorize an appropriation within the Public Safety Initiatives subfund for the purpose of acquiring and deploying a Police early warning system; and to declare an emergency. ($250,000.00)

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WHEREAS, an early warning system (EWS) is a benchmarking tool that can be utilized to identify patterns in the behavior of police officers; and

WHEREAS, for those officers demonstrating a pattern of problematic behavior, an EWS can provide for the ability to intervene and correct unprofessional behavior before it escalates to misconduct or any other undesirable outcome; and

WHEREAS, in consideration of recent events, the Division of Police has initiated an evaluation of potential early warning system products, and a recommendation on a sele...

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