Public Can Weigh In On Changes Within Ferguson PD

Brett Blume
June 01, 2018 - 4:00 am

(KMOX/Brett Blume)


FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) -  Ferguson police are in the midst of changing up their policies regarding stop, search and arrest procedures -- and they're asking members of the public to help them complete that task.


Police chief Delrish Moss says it's all part of the consent decree handed down by the U.S. Justice Department as a result of Michael Brown's death in a police shooting in 2014.


"The consent decree requires that there is documentation all along the way, that there's training all along the way, and that there is citizen input all along the way," Moss tells KMOX News.


He adds that it's about more than just changing words in a handbook.


"Simply putting a policy into place is never good enough," Moss says. "You have to train police officers because what happens is when they're in a situation that's critical, they automatically revert back to that training. So where old policies existed they have to be untrained on those."


Assistant police chief Frank McCall says during the forums Sunday and Monday they'll be taking input on new stop, search and arrest protocols, adding that public perspective is a critical part of that process.


"It's easier for me to look at you face-to-face and you give me your opinion and I give you my opinion," according to McCall. "I think whether we agree or disagree if we don't come out with anything else we come out with respect for one another."


There's two sessions planned, one that will take place from 3 until 5 pm Sunday, June 3rd at the Urban League at 9420 West Florissant and another on Monday, June 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at First Baptist Church at 333 N. Florissant Rd.


The sessions are identical so there will be no need to attend both.


Police officials say input gathered from residents might find its way into the eventualy policy changes that will be adopted by the department under the consent decree.


Importantly, Ferguson police will also speak with teenagers during a youth resource fair Monday to find out what they think about needed policy changes.