The Greensboro City Council has been intensely interested in the Police Department this year.
City staff has responded with a number of initiatives to make Greensboro Police Department (GPD) data more available and the GPD more responsive to the community.
An email from City Manager David Parrish to city councilmembers provides updates on four of those efforts.
A “dashboard” that will display GPD data on the use of force, traffic stops and complaints is being configured and the pilot was scheduled to be up and running this week.
Criminal Justice Administrator Latisha McNeil, who works with the Greensboro Criminal Justice Advisory Commission (GCJAC), is conducting an independent review of random police interactions with citizens involving traffic stops, complaints and searches.
The way the review will work is that three incidents from each category, a total of nine each month, will be evaluated starting this month. The monthly review will be submitted to Assistant City Manager Trey Davis.
The GCJAC website will also include a citizen survey of police interactions with the public. The purpose of the survey is to provide another avenue for people to communicate their experiences with the GPD.
Davis, Budget and Evaluation Director Jon Decker and McNeil are representing Greensboro in a multi-city effort to analyze 911 calls. This process is still in the initial phase of conducting an inventory of 911 calls and determining what data will be evaluated. Both Guilford Metro 911 and the GPD will be assisting on this effort.
Councilmember Justin Outling noted that both reviewing random incidents and the GCJAC public survey are related to the concerns he raised about a 16-year-old being stopped and questioned on the Greenway.
Outling said in an email, “These are some really good changes, which will provide greater transparency and hopefully allow the city to identify and resolve potential issues even where persons are unwilling or hesitant to file formal complaints.”