CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A commission looking at police accountability in New Hampshire is recommending law enforcement agencies collect more demographic data on arrests and that race be included on driver’s licenses.
Republican Gov. Chris Sununu on Thursday released the second set of recommendations from the Commission on Law Enforcement, Accountability, Community and Transparency. The governor established the special commission in June in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and gave its members 45 days to study police training, the investigation of police misconduct and the relationship between police and the communities they serve.
“As we dig in to this report, it is important to examine each and every one of the recommendations to see how they could be implemented and the feasibility of their enactment,” Sununu said in a statement.
The commission also recommends police agencies dedicate an officer to community policing, continue to recruit more officers from minority communities and provide training on pronoun inclusion related to transgender and gender-nonconforming populations.
The first set of recommendations released in July call for police departments to adopt a duty to report misconduct, conduct an analysis of police jobs, and implement new training and training standards.
The commission recommended that all officers and recruits get training on implicit bias, deescalation and reporting police misconduct. They also recommended conducting an analysis of police jobs that they said would require major funding in order to assess and adjust the training curriculum for new officers.
The commission specifically mentioned that all police officers in New Hampshire should complete training developed by the New Orleans Police Department that requires officers to intervene when they witness misconduct.
The 13-member police accountability panel is led by the attorney general’s office and includes representation from police, a circuit court judge, the NAACP, members of human rights organizations, mental health groups and the public.
The commission heard many hours of public testimony on a range of topics. They also included in their recommendations to the governor the creation of ongoing study committees to collect data and information about policing in New Hampshire.
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