|Posted:||June 17, 2020 10:22 AM|
|From:||Representative Rob W. Kauffman|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Policing Practices Sentinel Team|
|I ask you to join me in co-sponsoring an innovative initiative that holds the promise of improving policing practices not only in the face of today’s challenges, but also in response to unknown and unpredictable challenges that may arise in the future.
I propose creating a standing statewide Policing Practices Sentinel Team composed of not just members of law enforcement, but also leaders and members drawn from the community at large. Similar to the Parolee Homicide Review Team which was recently created as part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative reform efforts, this Sentinel Team would be responsible for collecting data and background regarding any critical events involving police officer use of force - and for recommending changes in current practices, whether at the state or local level, that will improve outcomes in the future.
The Sentinel Team will be able to draw on the resources of the Municipal Police Education and Training Commission, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Office of Attorney General, and many other groups which offer training and resources to officers today. But the Sentinel Team will also be charged with critiquing the operations of those entities and recommending changes to help law enforcement and the community achieve excellence together.
I hope you will join me in sponsoring this legislation which will cooperatively move Pennsylvania to becoming the “gold standard” for effective, modern policing practices.