July 16, 2020
Uncertainty has become a common theme in this world, and the role of law enforcement is no exception. None of us have a crystal ball, but when trying to predict the future, we are only given signals from the present. The current signals seem to point to police reform in some capacity.
Reform ideas are certainly not in short supply. Recently, the President signed an executive order aimed at reforms, and both chambers of Congress have bills that are currently being debated; and that is just federal reform. There are many state and local municipalities that are passing their own legislation and directives.
The President’s executive order, issued on June 16th, is broken down into six sections and can be found by clicking here. The Executive order issues directives such as: certification and credentialing, information sharing, mental health, homelessness and addiction services, and enhanced grant programs.
Within these topics of interest, the order seems to focus on many issues that our nation’s Police Departments are focused on as well, such as intelligent policing. For instance, Section 2: Certification and Credentialing directs law enforcement agencies to seek independent credentialing bodies to assess the department and enhance citizen confidence in law enforcement. In addition, Sec. 3 of the executive order directs the US Attorney General to create a database to coordinate the sharing of information between and among law enforcement agencies concerning excessive use of force incidents.
This is just one example among many of current legislation, but the message is clear: As a part of police reform, an area of focus is going to be on establishing clear, transparent guidelines, and departments are expected to enforce those guidelines and properly document the whole process. A Records Management System equipped to track and document any of these upcoming guidelines is not only a way to enhance your agency’s credibility, but also may be required in some capacity in the near future. If you aren’t using ProPhoenix Law RMS, we encourage you to visit our website. Our accreditation module in particular would be something specific to the goals of the exec order. Additionally, this newsletter includes an article focused on ProPhoenix’s Pro Standards Tracking/IA module that we hope you will read. The good news is that federal grants are mentioned throughout the exec order, so the need for funding our currently cashstrapped departments seems to be on the horizon to complete the exec order’s goals. We will continue to monitor this and provide updates when they become available.