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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Report on Policing

Michelle Diament reports at Disability Scoop:
In a report issued this week, the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing issued wide-ranging recommendations aimed at improving relations between the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
The task force indicated that officers should only use “physical control equipment and techniques” as a last resort when interacting with people who have disabilities and other vulnerable populations including children and the elderly.
Law enforcement agencies should carefully consider and review their policies towards these populations and adopt policies if none are in place,” the report said.
What’s more, rules should be in place to prohibit profiling and discrimination based on disability status and other factors and police should adopt technologies that will help them better serve those with special needs, the task force indicated.