Straub backs use of force recommendations

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by Honora Swanson

NWCN.com

Posted on January 16, 2013 at 9:13 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:31 AM

SPOKANE -- Spokane’s Use of Force Commission plans to hand its recommendation to Mayor Condon in February and now it has the backing of Police Chief Frank Straub.

Members of the commission worked all last year to come up with the 177 page draft report.

Straub said he supports the recommendation and has every intention of implementing them.

The 26 recommendations include getting the department accredited, improving investigation during use of force incidents, and strapping body cameras on officers.

Tim Connor with Spokane’s Center for Justice, a civil rights and government accountability advocacy group, wants to know how the recommendations will be paid for.

“Are we going to have the political will to actually pay for what it is going to cost to get better training and better equipment?” Connor asked.

Straub’s goal is to send officers through crisis intervention training by the end of 2014.

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