BATON ROUGE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS
"TAKEN THE PLEDGE"
IACP TRUST BUILDING CAMPAIGN
|The IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Trust Building Campaign seeks to enhance trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by ensuring positive community-police partnerships that promote safe, effective interactions; create strategies to prevent and reduce crime; and improve the well-being and quality of life for all. Agencies pledge to implement 25 nationally recognized policies and promising practices over the next 36 months. |
These policies and practices represent the six key focus areas that are essential to enhancing trust and collaboration between communities and police.
- Bias-Free Policing
- Use of Force
- Leadership and Culture
- Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
- Victim Services
- Community Relations
- Establish a policy on bias-free policing.
- Increase transparency and accountability of police use of force. Publish use of force and complaint process policies.
- Provide officers with training and coaching on cultural responsivity.
- Train officers on the unique makeup and needs of their communities based on country of origin, religious and cultural practices, etc. which may conflict with local laws.
- Adopt the elements of the National Consensus Policy on Use of Force in the agency’s policies and procedures. Publish the agency’s use of force policy publicly.
- Provide regular training on the agency’s use of force policy. Training should include scenario-based exercises that incorporate de-escalation techniques.
- Document all use of force beyond handcuffing in agency records. Review these records on an annual basis to identify trends that need to be addressed in policy and
- In Progress - Participate in the National Use of Force database.
- Establish an agency policy or statement that recognizes the sanctity of life and the importance of preserving human life during all encounters. Each officer adopting the IACP Oath of Honor will meet this requirement.
- Participate in an accreditation, certification, or credentialing process that includes an independent organization that reviews an agency’s policies and procedures.
- Ensure training and policy reflect a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accountability, and promote procedural justice for community members and employees alike.
- Establish an employee wellness program that includes both physical and mental health.
- In Progress - Conduct a culture assessment of the organization, with steps taken to address areas of concern.
- Provide body armor to officers and require the wearing of soft body armor while on uniformed patrol.