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July 27, 2016 Response to PACT (Police Accountability Community Task Force) Chief Deck-Brown, Deputy Chief Perry and Assistant City Manager AdamsDavid, met with several representatives from PACT on three separate occasions (May 25, June 8, June 22 and July 27). The meetings have included our responses to their recommendations as well as straightforward communication designed to improve community relationships and foster sustainable positive engagement going forward. It is our belief that the meetings have been generally constructive; however, certain issues will require much broader discussion and, in some cases, legislative action. A summary review of the issues is as follows: Accountability:

PACT has recommended the creation of a Community Oversight Board. Thus far, we have benchmarked Durham; however, it appears that the creation of such a body would require legislative action. Our meetings with PACT did prompt us to systematically review the RPD protocol for accepting and tracking citizen complaints. As a result, our Internal Affairs Unit has already begun to enhance that process. Providing more timely status updates to complainants is one improvement that we have already begun to implement. By doing so, we can ensure that the citizen complainant is kept abreast on the status of the investigation. There was considerable discussion regarding the department's Anti-Bias Policing Policy. While RPD has a specific directive that addresses this issue, we recognize the potential benefit for additional training. As such, RPD personnel will soon be receiving implicit bias training designed to enrich and improve our relationship with the greater community. The long-term benefits of such training will both promote and facilitate increased positive interactions between police and community members. Our greater goal is that community members develop a

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stronger sense of trust in the officers; thus reducing the biases that citizens may also hold against the police. In addition, the department is evaluating additional uses and methods of review for stop-and-search data. Internally, the objective is for officers' stop-andsearch data to be regularly audited in order to further ensure acceptable behavior (fairness and equity). However, it is important to fully evaluate our current stop data to identify where both our strengths and weaknesses exist to ensure that we are taking appropriate actions if/when necessary. Our greater goal is to ensure fairness and equity during both stops and searches. Equity:

PACT recommended increasing the number of RPD officers who have received Crisis Intervention Training. While we currently have 257 CIT trained officers, efforts will be made to increase the overall total. This step will take some time, as this training is scheduled on a quarterly basis throughout the County, and allocated slots must also be afforded to other area law enforcement agencies as well. It is important to note that the RPD is partnered with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health) of Wake County, Alliance Behavioral Health (ABH) and Wake Technical Community College to provide the CIT training to our officers and other law enforcement throughout Wake County. The curriculum includes but is not limited to topics such as: Mental health disorders Shadowing mental health professionals Substance use disorders Trauma Suicide Assessment De-escalation PACT has called for written consent search forms as a way to prevent bias in stops and searches. It should be noted that RPD just recently revised its consent search forms, which now explain that citizens have the right to refuse to give consent to search. We will also make the form available in Spanish. During the meetings, PACT representatives expressed their opinion that the revisions were not sufficiently clear. For reference, the language included on the revised forms is below:

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I Name , do knowingly and voluntarily consent to the search of Person or Property to be Searched by a law enforcement officer. By signing below, I

acknowledge the following: • That I am giving my consent to search knowingly and voluntarily. No threats or promises have been made to me. That I have been advised and understand I have the right to refuse to give * consent to search the above described location.

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• That I have been advised and understand I have the right to limit the scope of the search. I can determine what specific areas of the above described location can and cannot be searched by law enforcement at this time. • That I have been advised and understand I can change my mind, and revoke my consent to search at any time, even after the search has begun. PACT has requested that RPD deprioritize marijuana enforcement. As noted previously, marijuana is currently a controlled substance in North Carolina. Any decision to alter enforcement practices would require thoughtful conversation with the Council, Legislature and Wake County District Attorney. Transparency:

We discussed the implementation of a body-worn camera program that protects the rights and privacy of citizens and provides access to the video footage. We are currently reviewing several camera proposals that were submitted as part of the RFP process. Additionally, we have begun crafting the requisite policies that will govern the usage of the cameras during the pilot phase and beyond. The policies will be presented well in advance of the "go-live" date to ensure all stakeholders have sufficient time to offer input and weigh in accordingly. The public will also have an opportunity to comment. Community Policing:

We discussed the RPD philosophy of Community Policing and its organizational structure. The Raleigh Police Department continues to build on its foundation of community policing. Officers are assigned to geographical areas commonly referred to as beats. Community policing begins with the Chief of Police and our beat officers are expected to engage residents and business owners alike in an effort to solve problems, effectively communicate about matters of concern, and collaborate on a variety of contemporary issues that affect them. The RPD has six dedicated community-policing teams that are assigned to each of the patrol One Exchange Plaza 1 Exchange Plaza, Suite 1020 Raleigh, North Carolina 27601

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districts. The officers assigned to community policing work collaboratively with stakeholders throughout the community to improve the quality of life for our citizens. PACT posed questions about the foot patrols in the South Park community. We explained that this initiative was in large part due to requests from the residents in the area. While available resources may dictate that the additional use of foot patrols is temporary in nature, the goal is to achieve increased understanding between the community and the officers who serve it.

PACT representatives recommended that we implement an internship program designed to recruit and retain officers of color. We explained that RPD has had such a program for many years with students representing many academic institutions.

During this current academic year (August 2015 - June 2016), the RPD partnered with 8 academic institutions to afford an opportunity to allow students to participate in our internship program. Those colleges and universities included: •

Appalachian State University — 3 Interns

East Carolina University — 1 Intern

Meredith College — 7 Interns

Methodist University — 1 Intern

NC Central University — 14 Interns

NC State University — 7 Interns

Saint Augustine's University — 1 Intern

William Peace University — 1 Intern

Though an internship is often an academic requirement, not every student desires to be a law enforcement officer. The criminal justice field does afford the student a variety of opportunities and the internship experience exposes the student to the broad topical areas that make up the criminal justice arena. Of those interns, we have hired 4.

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Next Steps: It should be noted that the meetings afforded everyone in attendance the opportunity to listen, exchange ideas and share perspectives. Now, perhaps more than ever, positive citizen engagement and collaboration is needed for communities to thrive. We recognize that the RPD has taken positive steps in the right direction, and we must continually strive to further enhance the relationship with the community and the service we provide. To that end, we are reviewing and revising policies, coordinating additional training for RPD personnel, and evaluating methods to ensure that officers are serving their areas of assigned responsibility in a fair and equitable manner. One of the running themes throughout our meetings were the issues of trust and transparency. We recognize that in order ensure this model is carried forth in an effort to promote fairness and equity, community engagement is paramount. Therefore, we will still continue to address the eight areas of concern raised by PACT. However, we do not believe additional meetings are warranted at this time. While the small group dialogue was quite beneficial, there is a need for broader community engagement and conversation in order to strengthen our bond with the citizens we serve.

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