City of Ames to Hold Special Meeting on Policing Tuesday

AMES, Iowa – The Ames City Council is holding a special meeting Tuesday over police policies.

The city manager has released a 45 page report (Policing in Ames: “A Path Forward”) with 18 recommendations, including the hiring of a diversity coordinator.

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

The report includes guidance from the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

It deals 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.

Ames Mayir John Haila commented on the topic last week. "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 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.

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