Article by Charles Craft, Chief of Police, retired
The August 2020, U.S Conference of Mayors “Report on Police Reform and Racial Justice” provides detailed explanations of the six principles of reform the mayors had brought forth in June of 2020.
The report’s introductory statement makes clear the mayors’ position; “If we want action, we need to empower the leadership of our police departments and hold those leaders accountable for delivering the results that our communities want and deserve.” and “We do not have the luxury of inaction, and we must act now”. This expresses an explicit expectation that police leadership work diligently and quickly to achieve reform. To be successful, any reform effort requires personal resolve and the proper tools.
Nationally, police executives are embracing the call for reform; but, are finding it difficult to achieve due in large part to the inability to see their department’s activity as well as the activity of units/shifts/divisions and individual officers, analyze the activity, and then act, in a timely and decisive manner, upon what the analysis reveals. Likewise, establishing transparency through an easy to understand, comprehensive, accessible and timely, public facing communication platform has proven to be equally difficult.
Each of the Conference of Mayors six principles of reform sets forth a number of required actions. Central to each principle is the need for extensive data collection, comprehensive analysis, decisive action and public engagement. Given the expectations, the question facing many police executives is “how do we move forward?”. The necessary tools to support your personal resolve and achieve reform exist in the Arx platform.