CINCINNATI, Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Cincinnati (UC) has completed its search for an external team to conduct a comprehensive review of the UC Police Department (UCPD) including all policies, procedures, practices, and training. The university has selected Exiger - a nationally renowned integrity assurance firm with decades of experience in independent monitoring in the criminal justice sector.
UC President Santa J. Ono called for an exhaustive review of UCPD following the July 19, 2015 officer-involved shooting of Samuel DuBose. Vice President for Safety and Reform, Robin Engel, will oversee this review, in consultation with the University of Cincinnati Community Advisory Council (CAC), chaired by the Honorable Judge John West, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.
"The facts learned from this comprehensive review will guide us in taking the necessary steps to create a safer campus for our diverse community," said President Ono. "We are committed to excellence and addressing needed changes that foster innovation and equitable policing for our students, faculty and staff and the community."
Exiger's proposal was selected after a comprehensive review, spearheaded by a selection committee, which included members of the Cincinnati community, and on-campus public interviews of the top two finalists.
"I am very excited about this review and the potential for significant change in staffing, policing, and leadership for the UCPD," said Honorable Judge John West of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas.
"The Office of Safety and Reform is committed to implementing meaningful transformation of the UCPD," said Robin Engel. "Exiger's breadth of knowledge in campus and urban policing and experience handling some of the most complex and high-profile oversight cases in the country clearly showed they were the right team to lead the comprehensive review of UCPD."
Exiger will deploy a diverse 12-member team of policing experts led by Jeff Schlanger, Managing Director and President of Exiger's Advisory Group and former Deputy Primary Monitor for the Los Angeles Police Department consent decree, along with Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner, and co-chair of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
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SOURCE University of Cincinnati