Richmond task force on police reform recommendations include de-escalation training

Richmond task force on police reform recommendations include de-escalation training

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - In the City of Richmond, a task force charged to look at police reform and reimagining public safety has presented its final recommendations to Mayor Stoney after numerous meetings over the past three months.

The final recommendations come after the task force met twice monthly for three months. The task force’s three subgroups met weekly throughout that time.

The task force was first introduced back in July following months of unrest in Richmond and is made up of community members, advocates and experts.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • De-escalation training of police
  • More accountability measures
  • Health-and-wellness checks for police officers
  • Developing a new routing system where 9-1-1 would remain the number called by residents, however, non-criminal calls could go to a non-police human services system
  • Proposed Office of Restorative Justice and Community Safety

Chief Gerald Smith says he looks forward to reviewing the recommendations.

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