Greater scrutiny of deadly force, in-custody deaths and other incidents begins today for a Police Department eager to emerge from a rocky period of discrimination and misconduct allegations.
The roughly $180,000, three-year agreement approved by the City Council gives Michael Gennaco the authority to review and report on all administrative investigations in which the employee is the rank of sergeant or higher. He will also review a random selection of one-third of citizen complaints and 25% of all use-of-force reviews, among other responsibilities, according to the contract.
The increased oversight comes amid an ongoing FBI investigation into the Police Department and as officer-related lawsuits wind their way through the city appeals process and the courts.
“Where we’re coming from is that independent oversight is absolutely essential to ensure public confidence in our processes, standards and policies, as well as in the actions of our personnel,” Interim Police Chief Scott LaChasse said.