On June 18, 2020, the Dayton City Commission announced the working structure that will be used to drive changes for police reform in Dayton.
Working groups will be made up of community members, the Dayton Police Department, members of the Community Police Council and people with expertise in the criminal justice system. The working groups will be supported by City staff, University of Dayton law students, and Dayton Mediation Center staff.
“Since the protests over George Floyd’s murder began, Daytonians have shown incredible passion and thoughtfulness about rooting out systemic racism in our community and in our police force,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “We are looking forward to creating the opportunity for Daytonians to work alongside Dayton police to shape policy for the police department that serves them. Policing affects all communities, but with the focus on racism and policing, we are working to ensure that black Daytonians are front and center in this conversation. We appreciate the many community leaders who have already reached out with their interest in doing this work and the commitment the Dayton Police Department has made to engaging as well.”
As of January 2021, working groups are currently looking to complete their recommendations. Work around improving community safety will certainly continue after this intense period work, and the ongoing methods for engagement around reform will be for years to come.
Community members may now report policing problems via a new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Working groups are addressing each of the five reform areas. Each working group is co-led by a City Commissioner and a community leader. The groups, their purposes and co-leads are:
- Oversight: Increase transparency in the process to report suspected police misconduct and strengthen the Citizen Appeal Board made up of community members.
- Co-leads: Commissioner Matt Joseph and Montgomery County Recorder Brandon McClain.
- Use of Force: Assess all recent incidences in which force was used by Dayton police to look for patterns and biases, which will inform a review of use of force policies.
- Co-leads: Commissioner Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr. and Willis Blackshear, Jr.
- Training: Continue implicit bias and de-escalation trainings for all Dayton police officers.
- Co-leads: Commissioner Darryl Fairchild and Stacy Benson-Taylor.
- Recruitment and Promotion: Review police recruitment, oversight, and selection processes to better identify any potential issues in new officers and increase diversity in the force.
- Co-leads: Mayor Nan Whaley and Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Gerald Parker.
- Engagement: Continue to deepen community engagement by rank and file officers to strengthen relationships with the people they serve and protect.
- Co-leads: Commissioner Chris Shaw and Shannon Isom.
Meetings may be viewed live at DAYTONOHIO.GOV/GOVTV
- Recruitment Group - Feb. 23, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Training Group - Feb. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
- Oversight Group - Feb. 24, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Use of Force Group - Feb. 25, 5:30-7
- Community Engagement Group - To be announced