The Spokane Police Department is making progress in implementing 26 recommendations from the city's Use of Force Commission, according to Police Chief Frank Straub, who gave a progress report to the public Wednesday.
The chief acknowledged, however, there's more work to be done.
Straub outlined the changes the department has made in the past six months. The recommendations asked the department to make changes in its culture, training, policies and civilian oversight.
In the past six months, a third of the department's patrol officers have undergone crisis intervention training. The department hopes to have all officers through that training by the winter.
To better engage in the community, the department has created a youth basketball program and has added neighborhood police stations such as the one recently created downtown.
"The men and women of the Spokane Police Department during my short tenure here have embraced every single one of the recommendations," Straub said. "They are moving at light speed to implement these recommendations and these binders are just a small piece to provide a snapshot of what we are doing."
The department is also looking to purchase collapsible batons, tasers and a contract for body cameras for officers should be awarded in September.
The U.S. Department of Justice also taking a closer look at the department's use of force policies and there is hope there will be a report from the DOJ soon.
The Peace and Justice Action League said it remains concerned about racial profiling, and the NCAAP announced Wednesday it will be partnering with the police department to help improve the culture climate of Spokane.