Hogsett asks for public to help in review of police oversight procedures

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett on Monday asked the public to participate in an online survey reviewing the city’s police oversight procedures. 

The survey specifically examines policies from the Citizen’s Police Complaint Office, which receives and investigates allegations of improper conduct or procedural violations by Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers. 

It features questions about existing awareness of the complaint process and the framework of the police oversight model, according to a release from the mayor’s office. The survey also touches on issues of transparency, accountability and community engagement.

“Public participation is a crucial part of our efforts to improve transparency and accountability for our city’s public safety apparatus,” Hogsett said in a statement. “Although these efforts are not new, this year’s civil rights protests have underscored their importance.”

The city last reviewed the Citizen’s Police Complaint Office’s processes in 2019, according to the release. This assessment, slated to conclude at the end of October, “is more expansive, covering accountability and transparency,” the mayor’s office said.

In addition to the public survey, the review consists of internal and external surveys, an analysis of complaint data and research on national best practices in police oversight.

The current review process is different from the Public Safety Survey done in partnership with the NYU Law Center to re-envision public safety, according to the release. That survey began in June.

Hogsett at the time said that project would serve “as a catalyst for a new community-driven and community-monitored definition of justice and public safety” in Indianapolis.

The current survey will be open until October 4, 2020.

Contact Lawrence Andrea at landrea@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter @lawrencegandrea.