Needham Unites Against Racism Initiative Questions
Q: What is the presence and role of social services like social workers in Needham? How are they involved in domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse situations? How do they interact with the police, how often do the police bring them into situations, etc.?
Q: I understand the collective bargaining agreement says no disciplinary action will be taken against any officer on a civilian complaint unless the officer has been charged in writing. What does “in writing” mean?
Q: I understand that letters of reprimand placed in a police department employee’s file are removed from the file after two years if there are no additional reprimands or violation of rules. If a police officer has caused bodily harm to a civilian or infringed on a civilian’s rights, shouldn’t that letter be kept on file?
Q: The Collective Bargaining Agreement says the Town shall indemnify and hold bargaining unit employees harmless from any liability arising from their actions within the scope of their employment. Can you clarify what this means?
Q: According to the NPD, Needham police officers undergo cultural diversity training and practice community policing including de-escalation techniques. When an officer joins the Needham police, under what time period must they undergo this training and how often are they re-trained? Will Needham officers undergo unconscious bias training?
Q: The statement of NPD on the killing of George Floyd recognizes that there must be changes in the wake of this tragedy. What changes will the department be implementing? Does NPD ban the use of chokeholds and strangleholds?
Q: What is the content of the Department’s training program? What is optional vs required? What percent of officers have completed training? How many hours does the training represent? What are the continuing education/certification requirements for police officers? What about "warrior style" training?