In October 2018, the City of Clayton began a public engagement process in order to continue important conversations regarding race and equity in our community and how these relate to all services the City provides. 21st Century Policing Solutions (21CPS) and their partner Strategic Applications International (SAI) led this process for us. The City chose 21CPS and SAI based on their diverse team of experts, some of whom served on President Obama's 21st Century Task Force on Policing. Both have extensive experience working with diverse communities dealing with complex issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion and worked diligently to deliver a plan that was specifically designed for our community.
Approximately 112 people participated in the community discussions led by SAI and 21CPS over the past few months. Just under 80% of participants were Clayton residents, with about half of those self-identifying as homeowners. The City appreciates all those who took the time to get involved in these important discussions about the future of our community. On July 3, 2019, we received the final report from 21CPS and SAI outlining their findings and recommendations, which can be found here.
The recommendations in the plan build on inclusivity and bring key stakeholder groups together to help design a community driven action plan through strategic engagement and constructive feedback. The recommended goals, action steps, and their recommendations are as follows:
- Goal 1: Create opportunities for the City, Clayton Police Department (CPD), business owners and community residents to engage, on a regular basis, priority areas of community building that will create a Clayton that accurately reflects the community’s perception.
- Small group sessions between CPD and key stakeholder groups on a regular basis to establish and maintain open dialogue and problem solving
- Integrate the School District of Clayton Community Conversation events as an effective platform for ongoing dialogue
- City to establish a Diversity Working Group
- Establish a CPD Social Media presence to improve community interaction and dialogue with CPD
- Goal 2: 21CPS and its partners recommend a thorough audit of the East Central Dispatch Center (ECDC) policy regarding the criteria used to determine when a Suspicious Person Call warrants the dispatch of an officer.
- Audit of ECDC’s call records and subsequent data encompassing FY2014-FY2018
- Review of current policies and standard operating procedures (SOP) for ECDC operator upon receipt of suspicious persons calls
- Conduct a random analysis of the ECDC call records to asses for reasonable suspicion or concern based on a caller’s threat identifiers and suspect description
- Goal 3: On a regular basis, the City of Clayton should survey individuals who have gone through their municipal court system to learn more about defendant and plaintiff experiences with both the judicial system in Clayton as well as the police department.
- Develop and conduct a survey of municipal court and CPD arrestees
- Use to identify areas that need review and problem-solving to improve outcomes
- Goal 4: Develop a Critical Incident Communications Plan between the Clayton Police Department, Clayton Mayor and Board of Aldermen, and the City Manager that defines a “critical incident” and outlines standard operating procedures for public communications, i.e. press conferences, public/media statements, and investigation timelines.
- Creating a working group to draft the CICP
- Draft the CICP
- Hold public comment on the draft CICP
- Hold a ceremony signing/celebrating the final agreement/plan
While some of the recommendations in the report are items the City has already completed as part of prior initiatives or is in the process of implementing, we will continue to work toward achieving the goals and objectives identified to help enhance communication and create and organizational framework to promote racial inclusion and reconciliation. Be sure to check this webpage for updates on the most current status.We will continue learning from each other and make our City stronger for future generations.