City to Review ‘Use of Force’ Policies; Council Approves Task Force and Adds Funds to Social Services

With the community focus on police reform, the past two city council meetings have approved actions to begin to move in that direction. 

At its meeting on June 15, the City Council approved the Mayor signing on behalf of the City the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Mayor’s Pledge on Police Use of Force. Signing the Mayor’s Pledge means that the City will take the following four actions:Review Culver City’s police use of force policies, engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in the review, report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback, and ultimately reform Culver City’s police ‘use of force’ policies.

“I look forward to engaging with our community and the Police Department on this important review of how we approach and deliver our public safety services,” said Culver City Mayor Göran Eriksson.

At its meeting on Monday, June 22, the City Council approved a recommendation from the City Council’s Ad Hoc Police Liaison Subcommittee to establish a Task Force to review public safety services. The council also reallocated $153,000 in budget savings from the Police Department’s budget to Social Services. The funding will be used for Social Workers to deploy on certain Police and Fire emergency calls.

At the City Council meeting on July 13, 2020 at 7:00 P.M., City staff will present a proposed process to review public safety services for City Council’s consideration.

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