Tom Weitzel: Transparent and open policing in our communities
There has been a lot of talk over the last several years about open and transparent government. I’d like to talk to you about open and transparent policing.
The mission of the Riverside Police Department is to support open and transparent government through open and transparent policing, which should really be the strategy for all law-enforcement agencies in the United States. Transparency, when used in a social context, implies openness, communication and accountability.
What is open and transparent policing? Transparent police organizations inform the community about its actions and respond to questions about what it’s doing and the reasons why. Within the police service, there must be a dynamic culture of accountability, which supports the principles of openness and transparency. All officers including staff must be willing to engage in a dialogue with the community in relation to policing issues that provide full and frank information about the police and their performance.
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