Why was the decision made to put (bury) the community conversation under the How Do I section? ... [Continued]

Full question: Why was the decision made to put (bury) the community conversation under the How Do I section? In my opinion, that is not intuitive at all to find a conversation so relevant, important and crucial not featured on the City’s site and more readily visible to the public. It should also be prominent on the police department’s site. Please add this to our list of questions. I would really like to see a response.

Answer: Organizing large amounts of information on a municipal website is a fairly complex process. Our website platform has parameters about how it can be structured and only provides limited options for where to place information such as this (i.e. special initiative rather than a department information, calendar, etc). After careful consideration, the How Do I/Learn More section was determined to be the most logical place for this information. It is where other important information has been placed (Sewer Fees, DEI page).

Further, the DEI page can be accessed by a tab at the top of the homepage and from there you can navigate to a link to the Community Conversations webpage. In addition, there is a link to the Community Conversations webpage from the Police webpage by clicking on Policy Review and Reform Work.

Also, because users navigate websites differently, people often use the search function to find information they are looking for on websites. By typing in “Community Conversations” into the search bar, the user is directed to the page. Lastly, Community Conversations webpage was highlighted with links in various ENews and social media posts to draw attention to it.

(Question submitted at City Council’s 10/26/20 Work Session)

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1. Why does the Shaker Police Department set the standards for our officers’ conduct at the constitutional minimum? Shouldn't we aspire to something more than the bare minimum?
2. How does officers’ biases factor into determining reasonableness?
3. I appreciate the point about whether force was necessary, not just reasonable, but would also encourage Shaker to adopt a standard of proportional force ... [Continued]
4. It is completely incorrect to say that Tennessee v. Gardner sets out the rule, rather than the exception ... [Continued]
5. If officers are to "understand" that if they are not certified to use the LVNR, then would it not be wise to put that statement in writing in the policy?
6. Also, what repercussions will an officer experience should they use the LVNR as an unlicensed officers?
7. How are we working with other organizations to understand the reforms being considered to assist in deciphering the calls and (1) identifying when the police are not needed ... [Continued]
8. Where can we find the annual Internal Affairs report and the racial demographic data that is tracked from police stops?
9. I would also like to hear more discussion on how an officer might detain a suspect when deadly force is not necessary but restraint is necessary.
10. What is and what should be the policy regarding no-knock entry?
11. I would like to understand why none of these arguments were presented to the Wildlife Task Force, Public Safety, or Finance?
12. Why was the decision made to put (bury) the community conversation under the How Do I section? ... [Continued]
13. Can we have a clear explanation of the difference between Vascular Neck Restrictions and Chokehold Restrictions ... [Continued]
14. Specific revisions to Police policies are due November 30, 2020, according to tonight’s agenda ... [Continued]