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Community Police Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Abby Reznek
43:50
Many people with intellectual disabilities can’t speak and might act weird. If you notice that they are disabled don’t use excessive force on them and don’t jump to conclusions that they are on drugs
Abby Reznek
44:12
And developmental disabilities
Alex Lugo
45:45
Fazul, does everyone know this is being recorded? I think it's a law in Maryland to let everyone know
Fazlul Kabir
47:40
Yes, I told that in the beginning. I will restate ..
KLGomez
48:18
Hello Everyone I am Captain Katina Gomez with the Prince George's County Police Department.. Assistant Commander of District 1 Hyattsville Station
Patrick Wojahn (he/him/his)
48:45
Thank you for joining us Captain Gomez
Fazlul Kabir
48:47
Captain Katina, thank you for joining
Denise Mitchell
49:07
Thank you for joining Capt. Gomez
KLGomez
49:15
Thank you for the invite... I appreciate the opportunity :)
Jamie
49:57
Hi Capt Gomez, good to see you
nancysharpe
50:18
Is it possible to mute non-speakers? There is some background noise.
Leona Chan
51:46
can the host mute all participants upon entry ?
Jamie
55:51
Hi Corporal Lobin!
Abby Reznek
01:04:57
People should not be judged by the color of their skin. Many people have skills in the brains
Rashida Tyler
01:11:15
Generational impact on communities
Rashida Tyler
01:20:18
What about the four other police departments that have jurisdiction in College Park? Do they also have these policies as well? What accountability exists if these policies are not adhered to in all five police departments?
Jenkins Home
01:20:45
What kind of psychological assessment is done before hiring officers,
KLGomez
01:22:09
We have to go through several psychological test before we are hired. we have two written tests and then we ust speak to psychologists
Denise Mitchell
01:22:40
Thank you for that response Capt. Goemz
Patrick Wojahn (he/him/his)
01:23:08
Ms. Tyler - the City Council voted last week to send a letter last week to all five police agencies serving the city asking them to adopt the 8 Can't Wait platform of policies to reduce the use of force, which includes a ban on strangeholds and chokeholds. We will be following up and get a response, and I'll be sure to let you know.
KLGomez
01:23:14
You're welcome
Marcques W.
01:24:26
Thank you Captain Gomez. Do you know if there is policy that prevents the re-hiring of an officer who was fired from another jurisdiction?
KLGomez
01:24:54
we do not hire officers that were fired from other agencies.
Denise Mitchell
01:25:52
Thank you Dannielle
Marcques W.
01:25:53
Thank you for your response.
Debra
01:26:56
How much access and assistance does the PGPD have with the PGC Crisis Response System and vice versa with the mental health and critical situations that require crisis needs & safety concerns
Leona Chan
01:29:47
What can we do to change the police culture so that they speak up in real-time during moments of injustice?
KLGomez
01:30:07
The partnership that we have with the crisis response team is vey important and beneficial. We utilize them a lot when we are dealing with citizens who have mental issues, domestic violence, death of a family member, etc. we rely on them a great deal and appreciate them so very much
Suchitra Balachandran
01:30:48
The County has an Oversight Panel:https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/644/Citizen-Complaint-Oversight-Panel
Suchitra Balachandran
01:31:10
The Oversight Panel has a vacancy.
Denise Mitchell
01:31:26
How is the oversight vacancy filled?
Suchitra Balachandran
01:31:34
By the Exec.
Marcques W.
01:32:27
How often are officers required to go through bias, or deescalation trainings?
Jenkins Home
01:33:49
Is there no mechanism in place to follow up in writing with the complaint that has been filed?
Rashida Tyler
01:34:48
Thank you, Suchitra. Is there also public data on police stops and arrests in our community?
Leona Chan
01:35:06
can the forms like this be converted into an online form? giving ppl a pdf form is a barrier: https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3556/Complaint-Against-Police-Practices-Form-PDF was in the website link about Oversight Panel
Leona Chan
01:37:46
have you considered doing a design thinking workshop among the police officers, so that you can identify cultural problems and come up with solutions? Look into IDEO and how they use design thinking workshops to solve business/community problems
KLGomez
01:38:56
We go though implicit bias training and de-escalation training annually, supervisors that receive complaints/ internal affairs are required to follow up with citizens who file complaints. To file a complaint... we encourage citizens to use complaint forms; however, if the complaint is written on paper or e-mail that will suffice as a submission of a complaint.
Leona Chan
01:41:46
👍
Debra
01:42:14
I call 911 with calls I receive due to a person stating they are suicidal and need a welfare check. It is understandable that the police are 1st response for safety reasons, but how often is the PGC Crisis Response team present to make the assessment? I am not seeing this from my follow up with the individual. It would be helpful for the PGC police having this service of assessment taken off them.
Michelle Ford
01:42:22
Are there specific things that citizens can be doing to further the goals of community policing?
Jamie
01:42:36
The Prince George's County Citizens' Police Academy is a great place to learn more about the department.
John Bartoli
01:43:27
With my white boy privileges, I would likely have to do something like drive into a fire hydrant while roaring drunk in order to be stopped by the police. What can I do when/if I see a black man stopped by a police officer. Is it unlawful for me to stop and observe the situation, and/or take a video of it?
Leona Chan
01:44:07
right now, there’s a lot of media attention about how strong police unions prevent firing the “bad” cops. what is the police union situation like in our county?
Kate Kennedy
01:44:55
Jamie-Can you provide more information on the Police Academy? It is a great opportunity for all of us to consider.
Jamie
01:47:09
Kate: Due to the Covid Pandemic the last class was cancelled. Hopefully, there will be a time when they will have the classes again and more people will be interested in attending and learning.
Mary’s iPhone
01:48:36
As a Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for 15 years, I want to say a special thanks to all our COPS officers as well as the other officers in the county.
Kate Kennedy
01:48:41
Thanks, Jamie
Alex Lugo
01:49:09
Are there no online resource alternatives to the classes?
Abby Reznek
01:49:27
I also want to thank the police officers of any city or town for working so hard to keep people safe and helping people during this pandemic
Jamie
01:50:18
Alex: I will check into that as it would be a good option. I'll get back to you sir.
KLGomez
01:50:32
I believe the citizen police academy will be starting up soon. I will confirm this and send the information to you via e-mail.......my e-mail address is klgomez@co.pg.md.us
Jamie
01:51:17
Captain Gomez, great news to hear that. Keep me posted please.
Hena Zuberi
01:51:34
https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3110
Hena Zuberi
01:51:54
https://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/3123
Rashida Tyler
01:51:56
Thank you, wondering if there are trends with stops, arrests for people of color in this community.
Hena Zuberi
01:52:33
They are suppose to report quarterly but there are no reports since Sept 2019
Jenkins Home
01:53:33
Have mental health services been made available to the community during this time.
Hena Zuberi
01:54:51
We need these to be updated CCOP reports updated regularly
KLGomez
01:55:56
I know we have hard data here on the department; however, i would need to retrieve that from our data analysts
Rashida Tyler
01:56:33
Hena - Thank you. This is only complaint data, correct? Wondering what percentage of stops, of arrests in College Park are for people of color? Are there disparities here?
KLGomez
01:57:11
We have a free service to assist with mental health here in the county. the mobile crisis team offers free assistance to all citizens of the county
Hena Zuberi
01:59:44
I don’t know where that data is located but I can try to find out @Rashida.here is need for greater transparency
Hena Zuberi
01:59:56
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Dannielle Glaros
02:01:09
Sharing that at 11am tomorrow the Chief and CEX as well as others will be presenting to the County Council as part of a council session. Visit pgccouncil.us to connect to watch/hear the virtual meeting tomorrow
Hena Zuberi
02:01:49
CCOP meetings should be public in PG County point black
Patrick Wojahn (he/him/his)
02:01:50
The City of College Park will be continuing this much needed dialogue with a community-police forum the week of June 29th.
Patrick Wojahn (he/him/his)
02:02:15
If you all have questions that you would like to submit to the police or the city in advance, please e-mail me at pwojahn@collegeparkmd.gov
Patrick Wojahn (he/him/his)
02:02:43
You can find out more about when the forum will be taking place on the city website (www.collegeparkmd.gov) or by e-mailing me.
Leona Chan
02:03:53
https://www.npr.org/2020/06/12/876293261/the-link-between-disproportionate-police-brutality-and-police-unions
Leona Chan
02:04:32
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/police-unions-and-police-violence/id290783428?i=1000476970157
Hena Zuberi
02:06:33
Would recommend people read this on PG County history https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4824689/
Rashida Tyler
02:07:03
How can we as citizens advocate for changing that Bill of Rights?
Jamie
02:07:23
is that the Justice in Policing Act?
Dannielle Glaros
02:07:57
Thanks Hena for sharing.
maxine gross
02:08:09
Does the department do a certification process both prior to hire. That reviews of the individual’s fitness for police work based on evaluation from mental health professionals looking at mental health, temperament, and other factors. Does the department do a careful evaluation of an individual’s background to check for evidence of behavior which is not consistent with the values of the agency.
Julia Gage
02:08:12
This has been incredibly interesting and helpful for us, thank you to everyone who has taken the time to participate tonight.
Fazlul Kabir
02:09:38
Julia, Thank you for joining
Alex Lugo
02:10:08
Does the county have a database or other digital infrastructure that police file their traffic stop reports to? That would make it much easier to make the data public
John Bartoli
02:10:21
Time for me to go...thanks to all the speakers...I was happy to find so many caring people...
KLGomez
02:10:47
yes we do an extensive background check of officers; however, there are times when some of those officers that have issues may make it inside; however, that is why its so important for us as supervisors to identify and pinpoint issues we see and to address them accordingly.
maxine gross
02:11:52
Are you looking at It alternate ways to provide emergency services such as using crisis intervention teams with expertise in mental health and conflict resolution should be employed.
Hena Zuberi
02:12:15
If an officer has not been charged with a felony, the LEOBR prevents investigators from questioning an officer for up to 10 days after an incident or complaint.LEOBR also ensures that accused officers will only be judged by other police, not by independent public monitors like a civilian review board. Please call your elected officials and ask to pass Anton’s Law to change LEOBR
Abby Reznek
02:12:45
What is Anton’s Law
Suchitra Balachandran
02:13:33
We need more pressure in support of the resolution to not renew School Resource Officers (police officers) in schools.
Rashida Tyler
02:14:03
+1 Suchitra
Alex Lugo
02:14:06
Suchitra, I can spread the word on that. Are there pamphlets or websites on that?
maxine gross
02:14:19
How do we get there?
Patrick Wojahn (he/him/his)
02:14:35
There's more information about Anton's Law here - https://www.baltimoresun.com/politics/bs-md-pol-police-reform-20200604-y6dsjc2odjhkjd3bb4tvhgpmcq-story.html
Suchitra Balachandran
02:14:39
The School Board voted to table the issue until August. It was a 7-7 vote with all appointed members voting in favor of tabling.
Hena Zuberi
02:14:49
Anton’s Law by Delegate Acevero https://www.wbaltv.com/article/antons-law-transparency-police-involved-deaths-anton-black-greensboro/31214379#:~:text=Anton's%20Law%20would%20require%20the%20public%20release%20of%20materials
Suchitra Balachandran
02:14:51
The resolution language is on the School Board website.
Hena Zuberi
02:15:08
+1 to Suchitra
Rashida Tyler
02:15:08
There are also parent petitions against SRO's in middle/high schools.
Suchitra Balachandran
02:15:41
Apparently some in favor? Or so I was told.
Hena Zuberi
02:16:21
Yes there were some in favor
Denise Mitchell
02:16:45
Some were in favor. Look on Belinda Queen FB page
KLGomez
02:16:47
I believe we serve a great purpose in the schools and I believe the schools and students appreciate our presence there. We provide more than just security in the schools. There are students who speak to us and rely on us a great deal. WE are not all bad and we protect our kids in the schools. How many issues have we seen with officers in the schools?
Abby Reznek
02:17:24
What they need to do in schools is instead of arresting students they should be able to refer students to social services or mental health services
Earl
02:17:30
What is the need for an SRO in any school?
Hena Zuberi
02:18:55
My daughter was scared of going to school with armed officers- ask the kids . Maybe a panel a of high schoolers across PG County to ask them how they feel about SROs
Denise Mitchell
02:19:13
Thank you to our Panelists and guests for attending tonight! Fazlul and Denise
Suchitra Balachandran
02:19:14
Thanks Fazlul & Denise.
Rashida Tyler
02:19:16
Let's put reading specialists, teachers and mental health professionals in schools!
Jamie
02:19:31
hank you Captain Gomez and Corporal Lobin and everyone else who spoke and joined the meeting.
Leona Chan
02:19:39
recruiting officers who pass mental & physical health standards is important. But it’s also important to provide police officers with regular mental health support, like free access to counselors and teaching officers about mental health calming techniques they can practice day-to-day too
Alex Lugo
02:20:00
^^^
Leona Chan
02:20:07
(regular mental health support throughout the officers Career)
Abby Reznek
02:20:34
A lot of officers have post traumatic stress disorder from situations
KLGomez
02:20:51
We do provide students services and we have to sometimes arrest those students who bring guns and other weapons to the schools. We are there for the fights that administrators/ teachers/ school security do not want to intervene, We serve a great purpose in the schools. We look after those babies and for them not to have the protection is very disheartening and it scares me if they do not have us there protecting them.
Rob Parry
02:21:15
Hosts - thank you for hosting this and thank you to all the speakers. I learned a lot!
Jenkins Home
02:21:34
University of MD police and Park Police should be invited to the next meeting,
KLGomez
02:21:47
We officers have free access to mental health and counseling and I encourage all officers under my leadership to speak with someone.
Hena Zuberi
02:23:08
Thanks!
Alex Lugo
02:23:13
Thanks!
Leona Chan
02:23:17
thank you!