The department has received numerous inquiries about the Monroe Police Department's policies, training, data collection, and other topics as they relate to the horrific events where a police officer killed George Floyd. As mentioned in my statement on our department's Facebook page, what happened in Minneapolis was appalling and all of us join in an urgent need to speak out against injustice.
All people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and police officers must be accountable for their actions. Our values of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Excellence do not discriminate. It is not enough for law enforcement agencies to say what happened was wrong. We must be introspective and diligent in ensuring our policies and actions are carried out in such a way to fulfill our oath and our department's core values.
The following FAQ’s are meant to provide information to our community with questions related to our use of force policy. As you review this information, I want to assure you that we are committed to providing a safe and welcoming city for everyone who lives, works, and visits our city. I am dedicated to ongoing dialogue with our community on this topic. It is, and has been, our goal to be transparent and responsive to the needs of our residence in the provision of law enforcement services.