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Due to recent events there have been many requests for information regarding the Ypsilanti Police Department, #8Can’tWait, training etc. Before we delve into those subjects I want to make certain points perfectly clear. The sanctity of life and the ideal of treating people with respect and dignity is at the center of our core values as an organization. What we have all repeatedly witnessed in the video out of Minnesota was an act of depraved indifference to another human being. This act and the inaction of others can only be viewed as horrific, disgusting and criminal. There is no room for this type of behavior within the police profession and if we are to continue to build trust with the community we must not be shy about denouncing these incidents. Although it is never the desired outcome, it is an unfortunate reality that the use of force is sometimes necessary. However, the abuse of that authority should never be acceptable, condoned or tolerated. These events can be disturbing, but they need to be discussed. These hard conversations are the way to build understanding, trust and legitimacy.
As the leader of this organization I can personally assure you that there is no tolerance for hate, injustice or discrimination of any kind within our organization and in anything that we do. We are committed to be as open as we can, to be the Guardians of our community and to being accountable for our actions. The safety and well-being of all of the members of our community is our highest priority.
In the spirit of having those conversations, below you will find a short description for each of the #8Can’tWait items:
There have also been some questions about training. The department has gone through several different versions of implicit bias training including “Fair and Impartial Policing” and “Human Terrain Mapping.” These types of training are done in cycles to reinforce knowledge of tenured officers and to provide that training to newer officers. The next cycle is due to start in June with “Police Ethics” training followed by “Fair and Impartial Policing” in July. In addition, the Ypsilanti Police Department has committed to the “One Mind” pledge through the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which is a mental health program. All members have been trained in Mental Health First Aid, 5 officers have been trained to the level of CIT (Crises Intervention Team) and 6 more are scheduled to be trained in the fall (delayed due to COVID19). This training will be accompanied with an updated policy and innovative ways to work together with Community Mental Health to complete the pledge. Routine trainings also include firearms proficiency, use of force decision making, defensive tactics, hazardous materials, blood borne pathogens, Naloxone administration etc.
Just a few words on organizational culture. By its very nature, organizational culture ensures that the purpose of its members are aligned with the purpose of the organization. The purpose is spelled out in our Mission: “Working together to provide professional service to the community. Always vigilant, always honorable.” We strive to provide the highest quality of personalized service to all who live, work, visit, learn and recreate in our City. We will be committed to enhancing our community’s safety and quality of life through continuous improvement in our work. The Department and its members believe in the dignity of all people, the sanctity of life and will respect the individual and constitutional rights of all people. As an organization we have set high expectation for the effectiveness of our work and the behavior of our members. Those expectations are non-negotiable and nothing less is acceptable.
We acknowledge that there has been a breach of the public trust, that there is always room for improvement and that there is much work to be done. As I have stated before, we are committed to doing the work.
We encourage those seeking further information to visit our website, where further information can be found regarding the General Orders of the Ypsilanti Police Department.
General Order 1-1 Department Mission
General Order 2-19 Early Warning System
General Order 3-3 Professional Ethics
General Order 3-10 Bias Based Profiling Prohibited
General Order 4-1 Community Relations
General Order 12-1 Use of Force
General Order 12-5 Deadly Force
General Order 14-1 Body Worn Cameras
General Order 14-2 In-Car Cameras
Please click here to access the General Orders
Thank you for your kind attention to this message. If I or the Ypsilanti Police Department can be of service to you please feel free to contact us.