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President Obama's Police Reform Pledge

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Current Status

Staff is developing a framework to support this effort, which will be directed out of the Town Manager’s Office. Cary has hired Inga Kennedy of Atlanta to assist with the external communications efforts associated with the Pledge. Kennedy and her team specialize in effective outreach with minority communities. For more information, visit the Planners for Environmental Quality website.

Background

On June 3, 2020, Cary Mayor Weinbrecht signed President Obama’s pledge related to police use of force.

Cary is joining communities across the nation in taking 4 specific actions:

  1. We will REVIEW our police department’s use of force policies.
  2. We will ENGAGE a diverse segment of our community in our review.
  3. We will REPORT the findings of our review to the community and ask for feedback.
  4. We will institute REFORMS as needed.

Read about a related Cary initiative, the Human Relations, Inclusion, and Diversity Task Force, which was approved by Town Council on June 11, 2020.

Cary Police Department

Police partners with the community to protect life and property via geographic policing districts to help ensure Cary remains one of the nation’s safest cities; includes Police Records, Traffic Safety and School Resource Officer teams as well as a Criminal/Juvenile Investigations Division; operates the Emergency Communications Center (911); provides Animal Control services; leads Project PHOENIX (Promoting Healthy Occupancy through Education, Networking and Information exchange). The department is nationally accredited.

Schedule

Summer 2020: Develop project framework.
Fall 2020 – Spring 2021: Conduct review.
Summer 2021: Report findings and receive feedback.
Fall 2021 – Spring 2021: Identify reforms and develop implementation plan.
Summer 2022: Implement reforms as needed.

Contact

Dan Ault
Assistant Town Manager
Town Manager’s Office
(919) 469-4034
dan.ault@townofcary.org