The city formed this task force after a March 2010 incident involving a Phoenix Police officer and Councilman Michael Johnson brought to the surface feelings and perspectives about the Phoenix Police Department and its interactions with the community.
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The task force consisted of approximately 33 members representing a cross-section of our community and was chaired by then Assistant City Manager Ed Zuercher and Assistant Police Chief Jeri Williams, and facilitated by Equal Opportunity Department Director Lionel Lions. A representative of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Relations Services, Ron Wakabayashi, observed task force sessions and offered advice and input from his experiences with the DOJ.
The task force met from from April to November 2010 to develop a plan to implement short-term, intermediate, and long-term strategies and programs to address officer training, communication, community policing and public outreach.
The recommendations also called for the establishment of the Community Engagement and Outreach Implementation Team, which was approved by the Phoenix City Council, to assure that the Task Force recommendations were implemented.
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