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The time is ripe for a discussion on policing

There has been a lot of talk nationally about reforming or “defunding” police departments.
There also has been criticism that some officers have acted with brutality toward minorities. Hamtramck police have also been criticized in the past of profiling minorities and treating them unfairly.
Last week we invited Max Garbarino, the city’s Director of Community Safety and Services, to talk about Hamtramck’s own police policies and training.
The reader response on our website about Garbarino’s comments was also critical.
It’s clear that it is indeed time for a discussion in this community about policing.
It has also been suggested in the past that the city should establish a citizens’ oversight committee for the police department. This seems like a reasonable concept to consider.
No matter what course of action we take, we need to have further discussions.
And also remember that Garbarino’s role is to be a liaison between the police department and the community. If you need to contact him, you can do so via email at:
mgarbarino@hamtramckcity.com
Posted June 26, 2020

2 Responses to The time is ripe for a discussion on policing

  1. Dennis Nowak

    June 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm

    A civilian police oversight board for the City of Hamtramck is a step in the right direction.

  2. Roadman

    June 30, 2020 at 12:02 am

    An independent citizens’ police commission would provide certain things needed in the City of Hamtramck:

    (A) a public body that could oversee hiring, retention and recruitment policies for police personnel locally;

    (B) a group that can take citizen complaints and direct investigations as well as making findings on those complaints;

    (C) reduce the current police chief position to that of a “manager” or “chief operating officer” of the P.D. with actual executive power residing in the police commission, who supervises the chief and directs his or her conduct;

    (D) create a public forum for constructive dialogue that would allow minority concerns to be voiced and considered by a civilian body;

    (E) avoids the conflict of interest situation of “police policing fellow police” and the corollary of the attitude of “there but for the grace of God goes I”;

    (F) allows independent analysis of lawsuits filed against police officers and the opportunity to make recommendations to City Council;

    (G) regulate deployment of police personnel to maximize resources and ensure that the police mission in securing the municipality is not subordinated to revenue-producing ventures – such as COBRA or the DEA task force – which in the past has led to legal liability.

    (H) promotes implementation of minority recruitment strategies.

    The consensus in the City of Hamtramck is that the Police Department is in dire need of effective leadership and a citizen-manned public body would ameliorate matters.

    I have not heard Maxwell Garbarino “pipe up” on this issue, but many citizens want to see such a board impanelled.

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