During his Sunday press conference, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles announced a series of changes to local police procedures that will hold cops more accountable to the Ferguson citizens.
The most major of the new initiatives is the formation of a citizen’s review board, which will be comprised of residents, businesses, and law enforcement officials. This board will make reforms to police policies and hear complaints about police actions.
“This groundbreaking initiative will be one of the first of its kind in this region,” Knowles said.
Knowles also announced new student programs designed to recruit future police officers from local high schools, as well as scholarship programs for hopeful cops. The mayor called these changes “a proactive step to making the department more reflective of the demographics of the community.”
Finally, Knowles announced that the police department would increase stipends for cops living in Ferguson, hopefully giving police more of a stake in the Ferguson community.
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