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Posted on: June 19, 2020

City responds to Use of Force questions: Livonia Police DID NOT WAIT

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The City of Livonia has released a response to eight of the most common resident questions regarding the Livonia Police Department’s use of force and
de-escalation policies.

“This is part of our effort to build on the trust our Police Department and community need to keep people safe,” said Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan. “Over the weeks and months to come, we will continue the work of reviewing our department’s use of force policies, engaging the community to seek its input, reporting our findings and residents’ feedback to the community, and considering suggested improvements to our Police Department.”

Today’s release, Livonia Police DID NOT WAIT, indicates that Livonia has long been a leader in setting policies and training to ban chokeholds, require warnings and use de-escalation. Seven of the eight identified policies were in place in the 1990s.

This will be the first in a series of reports to help Livonia community members better understand how our Police Department works.

“These conversations are more important right now than ever,” Mayor Brosnan said. “And I want residents to know that your City Leadership is listening – and looking to create opportunities for you to voice your concerns and have your questions answered.”

Two weeks ago, Mayor Brosnan tasked the Livonia Human Relations Commission with engaging the community to review the City’s approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the Police Department.

“I encourage you to get involved with the important work of ensuring everyone is treated fairly in Livonia,” said Mayor Brosnan.

To this end, the City of Livonia is hosting the first session of the Partnerships for Progress listening tour, a joint effort of the Western Wayne NAACP, the Western Wayne Police Chiefs, and the Conference of Western Wayne. The event will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at Clarenceville High School and will also be live-streamed on the City’s Facebook page, Livonia Community. Visit the event page to register. Capacity is very limited due to COVID-19 concerns.


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