SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police said that in just six months, they have created a basketball league for kids, published all of their internal affairs investigations online, and even moved forward on body cameras. These changes are all recommendations made by the Use of Force Commission, but some people said the force has a ways to go still.
"They are making some attempts at the 26 resolutions. They haven't covered them all. They very quickly went over the Tim Burns and independent investigation issues," said Karen Crigger, whose brother was killed in an officer involved shooting back in 2011. She has followed the changes to the force closely since then.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub said the city ombudsman is part of every internal affairs investigation that they do. Straub holds monthly meetings with the ombudsman as part of the Use of Force recommendations.
"He sits in on every interview," Crigger added. "He goes to every police action shooting and is privy to everything that goes on."
Chief Straub said it is important for the department to hold themselves accountable.
"I think the true sign of a profession is its ability to investigate itself. To be transparent and objective," Chief Straub said.
The Spokane Police Department said they have made progress in the six months since they were given the recommendations by the Use of Force commission. They have incorporated integrity and psychological screening tools into their hiring process. They have also expanded the reporting of use of force incidents to include when officers even point their weapons at a suspect.
"We will report that we have completed the crisis intervention training. We will report that we're capturing racial data on all our stops and provide those statistics," said Chief Straub.