Ames to Hold Special City Council Meeting on Law Enforcement Policies

AMES, Iowa – The city of Ames is looking to change police practices and policies.

The city manager will present a report with recommendations to the city council next week.

The effort is a response to a high volume of public reaction after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier this year.

"Shortly after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, the Ames City Council began receiving an extraordinary amount of comments and questions about how our local law enforcement system operates,” said Mayor John Haila. “This report represents a thoughtful analysis of the concerns we heard, and the report recommends modifications to policies and practices as we move forward.”

Ames City Manager Steve Schainker will present the report organized into nine individual topics at a special City Council meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

The report will be available on the City’s website by 5 p.m. on Friday

The report will deal with organizational culture, police officer recruitment and selection, police officer training, department policies, City ordinances and State law, transparency of records, accountability in complaint handling and discipline, communication, and funding

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