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New task force unit formed in Bloomington, reviewing policing

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Bloomington, Indiana – City of Bloomington announced that new resident-driven task force was formed earlier this week.

This new task force will have to review and recommend law enforcement in Bloomington and Monroe County.

“The Future of Policing Task Force will work to make policing inclusive of diverse community voices and equitable in its implementation of policies and procedures regardless of race, age, gender, gender identity, economic, health or housing status while providing protection for residents, visitors and law enforcement officers,” the city said in the statement.

Members of the task force include Carolyn Calloway, Kevin Farris, A’ame Joslin, Treon McClendon, Malik McCloskey, Amy Makice, David Norris, James Sanders, Jim Sims and Garfield Warren.

The task force will evaluate the policies, practices and protocols of local law enforcement agencies using focus groups, surveys and other tools to find the best practices in policing, according to the release.

The Future of Policing Task Force is a community-based collaborative effort to address systemic racism and other forms of discrimination in Bloomington, according to the release. This is part of greater city’s efforts to reduce racial inequities as outlined in Mayor John Hamilton’s Recover Forward Initiative.

The group will meet for the first time this month and will offer reports to the community within 90 and 180 days. Within a year, the task force will present a report to community leaders, the City’s Board of Public Safety and law enforcement agencies with recommendations to fix inequities described in the report. The report will also be available for public review and comment.

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