Salinas >> Police Chief Adele Frese said Friday she will continue to follow the recommendations made in a 2016 report by the Justice Department to the Salinas Police Department, despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions ending the Collaborative Reform Initiative.
Frese said she learned Friday morning the Justice Department terminated the initiative for all agencies nationwide. She said the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services within the Justice Department made the decision to allocate resources to support the desire to push down to the local community more control for law enforcement agencies.
“What it means for our community here is we’re going to continue to find ways to engage our community, to work on our relationship to improve it, to in particular work on the trust-building piece (of the report), which we’ve been discussing a lot recently,” Frese said. “It also means that as far as our services go, nothing is going to change except we will continue to examine our practices and our policies.”
When the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services released the report, Noble Wray, who served as the Policing Practices and Accountability Initiative chief at the office at the time, highlighted four key findings:
• Officers are not training on how to deal with individuals with mental health issues, at least not on a regular basis.
• The department’s internal investigative process is in need of a major overhaul.
• The department is not engaging with the community and does not have a stable relationship with them.
• Notable deficiencies with internal communications result in confusion within the…
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