Birmingham Public Safety Task Force report and recommendations

Birmingham Public Safety Task Force report and recommendations
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - City of Birmingham leaders have released the Reform and Reimagine Birmingham Public Safety report and recommendations.

In July 2020 Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin developed the Birmingham Public Safety Task Force which is a five-person team composed of lawyers, former law enforcement and community leaders.

The task force was given 90 days to provide a roadmap on how the City of Birmingham can improve public safety. With their recommendations, the City of Birmingham has developed public safety policy agenda to build a safe, healthy, and equitable future for Birmingham.

The police issues reviewed include:

  • Structure of BPD policies, procedures, and training keys
  • Publication and Accessibility to BPD Rules & Regulations
  • Training (use of force, racial bias, mental health, etc.)
  • Process for investigating officer-involved deaths
  • Data collection and reporting (particularly around use of force and officer complaints)
  • BPD Use of Force Policy
  • BPD Complaint Procedure
  • Civilian Oversight of BPD
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Body-worn cameras, dashboard cameras, use of surveillance technology and public access to data
  • Community-Based Trauma-Informed investments and services in support of community safety

The task force also hosted listening sessions and a public hearing to hear from people in the community.

Mayor Woodfin said the report and agenda will take months to a year to fully implement.

The full Woodfin Administration public safety policy agenda can be found here.

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