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

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

Friday, June 06, 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.


Many Waldens Ridge Scenes Featured In Stokes Picture Book

A number of early views of Waldens Ridge are among the rarities found in the Stokes Photo Collection. There are many photos of the roads up the mountain showing streetcars, wagons and early autos. There are scenes at Rainbow Lake, Falling Water Falls, Signal Point and other scenic spots. Several photos are included of the Signal Mountain Hotel. The more than 700 photos ... (click for more)

2 Known Meth Distributors Arrested In Catoosa County

Two have been arrested in Catoosa County on drug charges.   Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., on Highway 41 in Ringgold. During the stop, deputies seized two pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $30,000. Deputies arrested Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, Ga., and ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill - And Response

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Policeman’s Prayer

Every year, when the Law Enforcement Foundation of Greater Chattanooga holds its annual luncheon, it is one of the most heartening displays of what America really believes, down deep inside. The most prominent and influential leaders in the community – well over 1,000 -- gather to pay tribute and pledge their support to our heroes in blue who are unfaltering in their devotion, service ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Falls In State Volleyball Semis

SMYRNA, Tenn. – It’s a good thing that Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman is a young lady because her heart might not be able to stand the pressure if she wasn’t. Redman’s Lady Eagles were thisclose to being sent to the loser’s bracket in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament here at Stewarts Creek High School Wednesday afternoon. Had it been a ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sweeps Loretto To Open Class A State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Playing what coach Alfie Dodd called a sub-par match, Boyd-Buchanan’s Lady Bucs were still good enough to sweep Loretto, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the opening match of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class A state volleyball tournament at Blackman High School. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We advance and we know we can ... (click for more)