Strategic Review Finds CPD “Foundationally Strong” And “Positioned For Change”

Recommendations Focused On Community Engagement, Effective Use Of Data, Pay Structure

Friday, June 6, 2014

The International Association of Chiefs of Police Friday released its six-month strategic review of the Chattanooga Police Department. The review highlights the “high level of commitment and pride” displayed by officers throughout the police force, calling the CPD a “foundationally strong organization.” The review also finds the CPD as “culturally positioned for change” and excited about the leadership of a new police chief as well as an increased focus on public safety from a new mayor and administration.

“We have an incredible police department,” said Fred Fletcher, who will be sworn in as Chattanooga’s police chief on June 12. “Through this strategic review, Mayor Berke has made an investment in our future - providing us the tools to drive our police force to the next level.” 

Key recommendations of the strategic review include:

Increase focus on community engagement, including community policing;
Utilize and enhance data and developing technologies to ensure data-driven strategies;
Increase efficiency and effectiveness of staff resources;
Establish consistent promotional practices throughout the department;
Provide a clear and transparent salary structure; and
Implement a Leadership Development Program.
 

“Aspects of this report, particularly ones around engaging our community members, are right on the mark,” said Councilman and Public Safety Committee Chair Moses Freeman. “Citizens and officers alike are yearning to see trust grow stronger. I think we’ve made some strides over the last year, especially with Chattanooga VRI, but there is still work to be done.” 

In June of 2013, Mayor Andy Berke announced a comprehensive Public Safety Plan including a strategic review by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to evaluate and determine best practices. The strategic review will aid leadership at the CPD, providing focus on areas in need of improvement within the department and strengthening opportunities, said officials.



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