Message from the Chief of Police
Springettsbury Township Police Department partners with the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center
I am pleased to announce the official partnership between Springettsbury Township Police Department and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Diagnostic Center. As the Chief of Police it is my goal to provide our community the best professional service, develop partnerships by placing deeper roots into the community, and have a strong level of trust between the community and our Department. I believe the best way to accomplish this goal was to reach out to the Diagnostic Center as it has invested heavily in research, data driven solutions and best practices nationally to assist law enforcement. After several months of phone calls and participating in an Intake process in Washington, D.C., we officially partnered with the Diagnostic Center on February 10, 2016.
It is critical our department invests in what works, while remaining fiscally responsible, given our limited personnel and resources. The Diagnostic Center is a technical assistance resource designed to help community leaders use local data to apply what works in criminal justice in their communities. This partnership will help us make decisions based on data and evidence directly related to Springettsbury Township.
Together, our Department and the Diagnostic Center have focused on the following areas:
Procedural Justice Issues: policies and procedures, training, use of force, citizen complaints, internal investigations, and national best practices.
Police-Community Relations: crime issues, fear of crime, and building relationships of trust.
Body Camera Policy Development: Concerns with Pennsylvania wiretap laws, Right-to-Know requests, and guidelines for retention/purging of videos.
Our partnership with the Diagnostic Center began on February 10, 2016 and will undergo the multi-phase process outlined below.
Diagnose Phase (our current phase)
The Diagnostic Center will collect data from community interviews, Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, Record Management System information, Incident Reports, use of force data, citizen complaints, etc.
The Diagnostic Center will review the Department’s policy and training directly and indirectly related to the community, use of force, citizen complaints, Internal Affairs processes, and best practices.
The Diagnostic Center will deliver a final report (expected in September 2016) at the end of the Diagnose Phase. The report will be made public and indicate any gaps or deficiencies found in the Department’s policies and training as well as recommendations to correct those specific issues.
The Department will review the final report delivered at the end of the Diagnose Phase and use it to identify and prioritize which recommendations it would like to implement.
The Diagnostic Center will help us fulfill the recommendations we choose to implement through training, technical assistance with subject matter experts, policy development, and peer exchanges with similar police departments.
The Diagnostic Center will use the data collected to gauge progress and success as we move forward.