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File #: 21-0262    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Report Status: Filed
File created: 4/26/2021 In control: Law Enforcement Committee
On agenda: 7/27/2021 Final action: 9/21/2021
Title: REPORT Department: Office of the General Superintendent Request: Refer to Law Enforcement Committee Report Title: Independent Analysis of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department Report Period: 10/19/2020 - 4/27/2021 Summary: In 2020, the Forest Preserves of Cook County issued a Request for Proposals and retained Hillard Heintze to analyze the Forest Preserves Police Department and recommend best practices to: (a) maintain and strengthen police and community relations, (b) create a work culture that is inclusive and equitable to all people, and (c) support a diverse police force through recruitment, retention and promotion. The independent analysis found that the Forest Preserves Police Department has a ready, willing and able workforce and that officers understand, appreciate and take pride in their department's mission to make the Forest Preserves a safe place. The consultants also report that permit holders and other stakeholders generally have positive...
Indexes: ARNOLD RANDALL, General Superintendent
Related files: 20-0304, 22-0390, 22-0290, 22-0170

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REPORT

 

Department:  Office of the General Superintendent

 

Request:  Refer to Law Enforcement Committee 

 

Report Title:  Independent Analysis of the Forest Preserves of Cook County Police Department

 

Report Period:  10/19/2020 - 4/27/2021

 

Summary:  In 2020, the Forest Preserves of Cook County issued a Request for Proposals and retained Hillard Heintze to analyze the Forest Preserves Police Department and recommend best practices to: (a) maintain and strengthen police and community relations, (b) create a work culture that is inclusive and equitable to all people, and (c) support a diverse police force through recruitment, retention and promotion.   The independent analysis found that the Forest Preserves Police Department has a ready, willing and able workforce and that officers understand, appreciate and take pride in their department’s mission to make the Forest Preserves a safe place.  The consultants also report that permit holders and other stakeholders generally have positive impressions of Forest Preserves police officers.  However, a number of actions are needed to improve recruitment and retention, update policies and procedures, and to improve communication across ranks.  The final report recommends best practices and includes a work plan, timetable and cost estimates for implementing the best practices, as well as tools to measure progress toward those goals. These recommendations will build upon recent efforts by the Forest Preserves to enhance police and community relations by training members of the department on implicit bias, purchasing body-worn cameras for officers, and adopting the Ten Shared Principles developed by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois NAACP to guide the relationship between law enforcement and the community.

 

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