Police Transparency & Accountability Candidate Survey
Your help as a candidate by completing this survey is greatly appreciated. As a community, we give law enforcement personnel significant power and authority. We need to ensure that that power is being wielded in a just and humane way, and that law enforcement personnel are held accountable to the communities they serve.
Greater transparency and accountability will also help to build greater trust and respect in the community for law enforcement personnel. Publicly available data about law enforcement activities will help us understand where systemic problems exist. Yes this is from Black Lives Matter Utah - please call 385-743-0298 - Lex Scott with questions.
Email address *
Do Black Lives Matter? *
If elected, or re-elected, what programs will you implement to help the black and brown community? *
First and Last name *
What City/State are you running in? *
Which office are you running for? *
Which district?
Who is/are your opponent(s)? *
What is your political party? *
Several major cities across the United States have created Community Controlled Civilian Review Boards which have the power to discipline police. Would you support the creation of a Community Controlled Civilian Review Board in Utah, and in your city? (We are aware of HB415 that places SOME restrictions on creating review boards, yet does not make it impossible and also does not apply to municipalities) *
Would you advocate for, or oppose a stronger use of force policy for police? *
How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding public information about actions taken by police officers in your district? *
Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.
Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.
Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.
Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.
Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.
Require officers to report all uses of force to a public database
Use a a database to inform an early intervention system that retrains and disciplines officers with repeated uses of force or civilian complaints
Make a Use-of-Force database available to the public.
Make footage from body cams in situations involving use of force available to the public
Release unedited body cam footage of officer-involved shootings
Require release of unedited body cam footage of uses of force and officer-involved footage within 10 days of the incident.
Require release of demographic information on people stopped by police in your district
Require release of demographic information on people arrested by police officers in your district
Please add any comments on your views about public information on actions taken by police officers in your district.
How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding video recording devices/ bodycams? *
Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.
Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.
Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.
Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.
Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.
Require police officers use technology that collects audio and visual data of police interactions (including body cameras)
Develop clear policies governing bodycam use, storage and accessibility of footage in consultation with activists and community organizations
Record all police interactions with civilians (except where a civilian opts not to be recorded, notification of the option not to be recorded should be required upon first contact)
Make footage from body cams in situations involving use of force available to the public
Allow civilians to review footage involving them or a relative and require this information be released to the public
Prevent officers from reviewing footage of an incident before completing initial reports or statements
Secure the privacy of citizens during all processes
Assure the right of the public to record the police by video and audio, without fear of having their devices confiscated or damaged
Please use this area to add your comments about your views on policies for bodycam usage.
How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district? *
Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.
Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.
Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.
Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.
Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.
Prohibits officers from using force on a person for talking back or as a punishment for running away
Implement a performance evaluation system that rewards, and values effective interpersonal skills (de-escalation, effective work with people who have mental health and substance abuse challenges, and countering bias, etc.)
Modify police department use of force policies to require officers use minimal force and de-escalation tactics, carry a less-lethal weapon, and intervene when another officer uses excessive force
Require training for and use of non-force techniques for people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues
Require training for and use of non-force techniques for people who are homeless and/or are victims of domestic violence
Re-allocate funding for non-sworn personnel who can assist in cases of mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and domestic violence
Require training that uses the latest science on implicit bias based on social identities, including people of color, LGTBTQ individuals, and non-English speakers
Require evaluation of police officers' ability to recognize bias and knowledge of techniques to counter it
Reward police officers who successfully use anti-bias techniques
Conduct an assessment of what kind of training is most effective in terms of helping law enforcement personnel to achieve goals of effective, non-violent policing,
Implement training identified as the most successful toward achieving effective, non-violent policing
Please share your comments on de-escalation techniques and non-force actions by police officers in your district. *
How strongly will you advocate for the following policies regarding community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district? *
Very Strongly. I will work proactively to make this happen.
Strongly. I will advocate when it comes up.
Somewhat strongly. I will be mildly positive about it.
Not strongly. I do not really agree with this policy.
Not at all. I do not agree with this policy.
Hire a local research institution to field a regular survey of community perceptions of the police
Use results of a community survey to guide officer evaluations as well as department policies and practices
Institute a model system where people stopped by the police are immediately given a card by the officer, with their name and badge number, what the stop was for, and how to file a complaint, should they chose to
Increase representation from the community by hiring more women and people of color as police officers
Hold regularly-scheduled community forums about police activities
Implement special outreach to minority communities to participate in community meetings
Support Civilian Review Boards (CRBs) in your district to hold police accountable for misconduct
Give CRBs the power to investigate police misconduct independently
Give CRBs the power to subpoena individuals and collect documentation on police misconduct
Give CRBs the power to discipline police officers found guilty of misconduct
Give CRBs the power to investigate and discipline police misconduct, specifically in the case of a police shooting
Promote, expand, improve, innovate the membership of CRBs
Disallow current or former law enforcement personnel to serve on CRBs
Disallow family members of law enforcement personnel on CRBs
Make serving on a CRB a paid position
Require an independent and external prosecutor, separate from the City or County prosecutor’s office, or any other government agency, to manage the proceedings following independent investigation
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Please share your comments on community involvement with police officers and the police department(s) in your district *
Alternatives to Incarceration - Background: The United States incarcerates the highest percentage of its population of any modern country. There are active nationwide campaigns seeking to reduce the prison population by half. The state legislature recently made a start at reform in what is known as HB348. We are concerned that the reform efforts in that bill remain unfunded (lack of Medicaid expansion and other deficits) while what could easily be a Billion dollar project to build a prison remains funded.The Federal Government has multiple tools at its disposal to stop the project due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake and other logistical and environmental concerns. Questions: 1) What are your views on the need for reform in the prison system? 2) Will you implement alternatives to incarceration? 3) What are your views on reducing incarceration rates? *
Is there anything else you would like us to know? We appreciate your attention to these serious matters which so deeply affect the lives of so many.
Thank you for the time you have taken to complete this survey.
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