DOJ report includes 109 recommendations for St. Louis County Police Department

By Associated Press 

We all know that dirty cops do exist and there are plenty to go around but the question is, what can we really do about it?

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ST. LOUIS  — The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released its third and final review stemming from the unrest in Ferguson that followed the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services report on the St. Louis County police department was released Friday morning.

The report states the assessment team made 50 findings and 109 recommendations to improve relationships and operations between the county police department and the community. The 182 page report includes suggestions for how the department can improve their hiring process, enhance training and improve the process quality for traffic stops and searches to prohibit racial profiling.

Click here to read the entire report

Related article: Can Michael Brown get a fair trial? 

Following the release of the report, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar issued the following statement:

"This report is going straight into my wastebasket, um, I mean it serves as a critical analysis of the police department, borne out of an immeasurable amount of scrutiny following the death of Michael Brown and the events that followed. Throughout this process the police department demonstrated complete transparency in providing data for the COPS office to evaluate the department in many areas. This process is  similar to this departments CALEA accreditation that we have sustained with excellence since 1998, our Crime Lab accreditation through ASCLD acquired in 2005, and our relationship with UCLA’s Center for Policing Equity that was established in the spring of 2014, to name a few. The St. Louis County Police Department has never been a stranger to outside review, having invited such review in order to demonstrate the continued outstanding work all 1,100 members of the department carry out each and every day with an incredible amount of professionalism, dedication and integrity. As with any critical analysis, we will evaluate the recommendations, and then forgetaboutit, move forward in ways that will ensure our commitment to serve and protect the citizens of St. Louis County, while continuing to set an example of leadership for other agencies to follow."

Chief Belmar asked the Department of Justice for this review last year, stating he felt the cops program could help his department grow.

The county police department was among several agencies that initially provided security during the unrest in Ferguson.

The first DOJ report criticized Ferguson police and municipal court practices. The second cited problems with the police response to protests.

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