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NDPD works with Black students to release report on equitable practices

first_imgThe Notre Dame Police Development (NDPD) released an equity in policing report after receiving requests from students, faculty, staff and alumni.The report acknowledges NDPD’s role in the criminal justice system and the role law enforcement has played in the “dehumanization, oppression and the infringement of the basic civil and human rights of people in our country.”Written in collaboration with Black students at the University, the report not only pledged to hold NDPD accountable, but it also detailed a series of new and existing initiatives to prevent systemic racism.“We must be part of continued conversation and, as the police department entrusted with protecting and serving the Notre Dame community, we must always examine ourselves and take action to be the best we can be for all of Notre Dame,” the report said.Stand-alone de-escalation training was implemented this year to build upon previous de-escalation polices for enforcement. The training will be required at least every two years.“Enforcement is a tool that we will use if we must, but we would prefer to engage in problem solving, support, and partnership if these can resolve a situation safely,” the report said.NDPD also developed a policy to prevent dispatchers from sending officers to calls “based solely on suspicions about a person’s appearance.” Dispatchers are now trained to ask follow-up questions to determine whether there is also suspicious behavior before sending officers.In addition, the department committed to hiring a more diverse staff by expanding diversity recruitment initiatives.“We review our candidate pools with a diversity recruiter,” the report said. “We also have an internship program that has been utilized extensively by interns of color, some of whom have been hired into other police departments.”Following meetings this summer with members of the Diversity Council and other student clubs, NDPD created Unity Summits with the aim of improving relations between students and NDPD staff.NDPD will continue its training on implicit bias for law enforcement, which all officers are required to participate in every two years in addition to shorter refreshers. Many officers have also undergone training for trauma-informed sexual assault investigations and crisis intervention training. NDPD currently partners with other University offices to provide support and care for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.Officers are not trained to use neck restraints or chokeholds, the report said. NDPD’s response to resistance policy requires officers to use force only when reasonable and to halt the use of force once “their lawful objective is attained.”“One of the guiding principles of our policy and training is the sanctity of every human life,” the report said. “Our policy also requires any officer who sees excessive use of force taking place to immediately protect the citizen and report the excessive force to a supervisor who shall then inform the Chief.”According to the report, NDPD used force a total of three times last year, where three of the subjects in the incidents were graduate students and the other three were not affiliated with the University. The instances must be reported when any implement of force including taser, pepper spray or handgun is drawn and verbal commands are given, the report said.The department also does not own riot gear or weaponry. NDPD does own clear shields and helmets “intended for use in rescuing injured people in an active violence situation;” however, they have never needed to use this equipment.All NDPD vehicles have cameras that officers must activate for any kind of enforcement action.“We also have numerous CCTV cameras which are reviewed whenever there is a complaint. All of our Tasers also have cameras built into them that automatically begin recording anytime the Taser is turned on,” the report said.In addition to their new procedures, NDPD committed to continue working with students, faculty and staff to adapt their policies to serve the Notre Dame community.“We must continue to provide an environment where students, faculty and staff, and guests and visitors can come and experience all that Our Lady’s University has to offer without fear,” the report said. “We must hold ourselves and each other to a higher standard and we must stand up for those who are unable or feel that they cannot stand for themselves.”Tags: NDPD, police brutality, Racismlast_img read more

Smart mobile customer care

first_imgBest practices to engage and retain membersby: Paul R. RuppertThe financial services market is fiercely competitive and increasingly mobile-centric, with players like Lending Club and PayPal adding to the traditional competition. According to eMarketer, 93 million U.S. banking consumers already receive text alerts from financial institutions – and that number is projected to grow to 126 million by 2019. In this environment, mobile strategy and engagement are increasingly “must have” elements of long-term customer retention. Part of engaging credit union members is demonstrating customer care effectively via mobile – but so far, businesses aren’t doing as well as they think.Identifying the Care Gap in Business-to-Consumer Engagement, research published by Millward Brown Digital and Mblox, indicates nearly three-quarters of financial institutions think they express customer care effectively – but only 36 percent of consumers agree.To survive in today’s market, credit unions must employ savvy mobile strategies to bridge this gap in how consumers rate the customer experience. People desire and expect ever more sophisticated, powerful and individualized means of communication. They expect a customer experience that feels authentic and personal whether they’re standing at the counter or receiving a text reminder.By employing a few simple, mobile-centric best practices, credit unions can better express care, increase engagement and strengthen their business: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Admir Raščić to play for Sun Pegasus

first_imgExperienced 32 year old football player from BiH Admir Raščić will continue his career in Sun Pegasus in Hong Kong, reports sportsport.baIn the past half year, he played for Borac Banja Luka, and he was about to transfer to Velež where he’d continue his career, but he got offer from Hong Kong, and next month he’s moving there.Raščić said that the offer was very good financially and he could not refuse adding that it all happened suddenly and he thanked Velež for understanding and said he hopes the fans of Velež will understand him as well, noting that they are one of the best football fans in BiH.last_img read more

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