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City commissioners move forward with audit of TPD use of force policy

Posted at 6:17 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 18:17:18-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Tallahassee commissioners are moving forward with the audit to review the Tallahassee Police Department's use of force, saying transparency is important to them.

The audit will review TPD's use of force policy and how many times officers have to use force.

It will also go through what the training policy is for the department.

The inspector general says he hopes to have the audit done by the end of the year, that way it will be an accurate frame of reference once the Citizen's Review Board is established.

Calls for the audit and the review board were brought forth by commissioner Dianne Williams Cox, who says unrest after multiple officer-involved shootings called the policy and procedure into question.

Still, she warns people not to expect much change from the initial audits.

"It's going to be either we're adhering to the policy or we're not," said Williams Cox. "And if not, there will be some findings that will let us know what we need to do for future audits to let us know we're adhering to policy and procedure."

One of the use of force trainers with the police department says TPD's use of force training only allows an officer to use force after a suspect has posed a threat.

Commissioners also addressed the slave grave discovered under the Capital City County Club golf course, saying they are preparing to put together a group to determine how to best memorialize those graves.