Lee announces review of law enforcement policies, training

Gov. Bill Lee delivers his second State of the State address in Nashville on Feb. 3, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee on Thursday announced a review of law enforcement policies and training standards in Tennessee.

“Tragic, preventable events across the nation have challenged us all to confront the difference between law enforcement and police brutality and also challenged us to examine troubling, inconsistent citizen experiences with law enforcement,” Lee said in a statement.

Here’s the full release:

NASHVILLETenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and the Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission to enhance policies, improve information sharing and increase officer training.

“The intent of this partnership is the desire to ensure law enforcement are consistently reflecting the values of the communities they serve,” said Gov. Lee. “Tragic, preventable events across the nation have challenged us all to confront the difference between law enforcement and police brutality and also challenged us to examine troubling, inconsistent citizen experiences with law enforcement. I am proud of our law enforcement agencies for spearheading efforts to ensure Tennesseans’ rights, dignity and humanity be at the forefront of policing.”

Review of Use of Force and Duty to Intervene Policies

Law enforcement agencies across the state will review and update Use of Force and Duty to Intervene policies over the next 60 days.

  • Use of Force policies should be reviewed and updated to ensure choke holds are not used as a restraining technique. 
  • Duty to Intervene policies should be reviewed and updated to require officers to act to prevent or stop any act, even by officers, that violates law or policy.

“The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security looks forward to supporting local agencies in the review of policies,” said Commissioner Jeff Long. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol has recently conducted a thorough review of its Use of Force Policy in comparison with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, State and Provincial Academy Directors, and National Tactical Officers Association. The department’s policies go above and beyond the recommendations for established guidelines and we advocate for this approach across Tennessee.”

Improved Information Sharing

The Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission will make the National Decertification Index more accessible to all law enforcement agencies in Tennessee. 

  • The National Decertification Index is a national registry that tracks officers who have lost licenses or certificates due to misconduct. 

Increased Training

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, under the direction of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, will now require enhanced curriculum in the training of state, county and local law enforcement officials.

  • Increasing minimum curriculum hours from 400 to 488 to formalize the current practice of completing 88 additional hours of training and study hours.
  • Updating curriculum to include relevant community-oriented policing concepts in both lecture and hands-on scenarios. No fewer than sixteen (16) course hours designed specifically to train officers on the following topics. The POST Commission will also require a total of eight hours of annual in-service training on these topics.
    • De-escalation techniques
    • Officer’s duty to intervene
    • Public assembly interaction
    • Emphasizing positive community and officer interactions and relationships

“We look forward to working with law enforcement partners to continue to provide highly professional, world-class training through our Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Commissioner Hodgen Mainda. “Training enhancements will ensure our force is one of the best in the nation.”

More information about the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy is available here.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and the Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission to enhance policies, improve information sharing and increase officer training.

 

“The intent of this partnership is the desire to ensure law enforcement are consistently reflecting the values of the communities they serve,” said Gov. Lee. “Tragic, preventable events across the nation have challenged us all to confront the difference between law enforcement and police brutality and also challenged us to examine troubling, inconsistent citizen experiences with law enforcement. I am proud of our law enforcement agencies for spearheading efforts to ensure Tennesseans’ rights, dignity and humanity be at the forefront of policing.”

 

Review of Use of Force and Duty to Intervene Policies

Law enforcement agencies across the state will review and update Use of Force and Duty to Intervene policies over the next 60 days.

Use of Force policies should be reviewed and updated to ensure choke holds are not used as a restraining technique.
Duty to Intervene policies should be reviewed and updated to require officers to act to prevent or stop any act, even by officers, that violates law or policy.
“The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security looks forward to supporting local agencies in the review of policies,” said Commissioner Jeff Long. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol has recently conducted a thorough review of its Use of Force Policy in comparison with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, State and Provincial Academy Directors, and National Tactical Officers Association. The department’s policies go above and beyond the recommendations for established guidelines and we advocate for this approach across Tennessee.”

Improved Information Sharing

The Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission will make the National Decertification Index more accessible to all law enforcement agencies in Tennessee.

The National Decertification Index is a national registry that tracks officers who have lost licenses or certificates due to misconduct.
Increased Training

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, under the direction of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, will now require enhanced curriculum in the training of state, county and local law enforcement officials.

Increasing minimum curriculum hours from 400 to 488 to formalize the current practice of completing 88 additional hours of training and study hours.
Updating curriculum to include relevant community-oriented policing concepts in both lecture and hands-on scenarios. No fewer than sixteen (16) course hours designed specifically to train officers on the following topics. The POST Commission will also require a total of eight hours of annual in-service training on these topics.
De-escalation techniques
Officer’s duty to intervene
Public assembly interaction
Emphasizing positive community and officer interactions and relationships
“We look forward to working with law enforcement partners to continue to provide highly professional, world-class training through our Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Commissioner Hodgen Mainda. “Training enhancements will ensure our force is one of the best in the nation.”

More information about the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy is available here.

NASHVILLETenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a partnership with the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association and the Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission to enhance policies, improve information sharing and increase officer training.

 

“The intent of this partnership is the desire to ensure law enforcement are consistently reflecting the values of the communities they serve,” said Gov. Lee. “Tragic, preventable events across the nation have challenged us all to confront the difference between law enforcement and police brutality and also challenged us to examine troubling, inconsistent citizen experiences with law enforcement. I am proud of our law enforcement agencies for spearheading efforts to ensure Tennesseans’ rights, dignity and humanity be at the forefront of policing.”

 

Review of Use of Force and Duty to Intervene Policies

Law enforcement agencies across the state will review and update Use of Force and Duty to Intervene policies over the next 60 days.

  • Use of Force policies should be reviewed and updated to ensure choke holds are not used as a restraining technique.
  • Duty to Intervene policies should be reviewed and updated to require officers to act to prevent or stop any act, even by officers, that violates law or policy.

 

“The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security looks forward to supporting local agencies in the review of policies,” said Commissioner Jeff Long. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol has recently conducted a thorough review of its Use of Force Policy in comparison with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, State and Provincial Academy Directors, and National Tactical Officers Association. The department’s policies go above and beyond the recommendations for established guidelines and we advocate for this approach across Tennessee.”

Improved Information Sharing

The Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission will make the National Decertification Index more accessible to all law enforcement agencies in Tennessee.

  • The National Decertification Index is a national registry that tracks officers who have lost licenses or certificates due to misconduct.

 

Increased Training

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, under the direction of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, will now require enhanced curriculum in the training of state, county and local law enforcement officials.

  • Increasing minimum curriculum hours from 400 to 488 to formalize the current practice of completing 88 additional hours of training and study hours.
  • Updating curriculum to include relevant community-oriented policing concepts in both lecture and hands-on scenarios. No fewer than sixteen (16) course hours designed specifically to train officers on the following topics. The POST Commission will also require a total of eight hours of annual in-service training on these topics.
    • De-escalation techniques
    • Officer’s duty to intervene
    • Public assembly interaction
    • Emphasizing positive community and officer interactions and relationships

“We look forward to working with law enforcement partners to continue to provide highly professional, world-class training through our Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy,” said Commissioner Hodgen Mainda. “Training enhancements will ensure our force is one of the best in the nation.”

More information about the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy is available here.


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33 Responses to Lee announces review of law enforcement policies, training

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    How about a review of inconsistent citizen behavior in regard to orders by the police. I have this weird idea that when a police officer asks me to do something I should obey his orders. If I believe he has overstepped his authority or used it in an unnecessarily discourteous or physically abusive way I will complain to the police authorities or even bring suit. I believe the latest incidents reveal the need for citizen training as to their duty to obey law enforcement officers.

    • McSwanson McSweeney says:

      Great! Let’s talk about you some more, eh? If you don’t have a problem, then no one has a problem. Got it.

    • Stuart I. Anderson says:

      I know there are courses in creative writing but I didn’t know that there are courses in creative reading. Perhaps if you read what I said over and over again you can conjure up something that will make me eligible for a Pulitzer.

  • The end is nigh. Have a drink and a good meal and let it unfold

    • MARLE says:

      You are correct about the dire nature of what faces us. Biden, who literally can’t get a sentence out or Trump whose every sentence is a distortion or aberration of the facts. I have never seen a choice like this. Never in 50 years of voting.

      • Eddie White says:

        Not a difficult choice for conservatives.

        • MARLE says:

          No apparently for many there is not. A president who lies on a near daily basis suits them fine.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            I don’t think “suits them fine” quite captures it. Conservatives like myself who spent a lot of money and/or expended a lot of effort trying to get Ted Cruz nominated knew exactly what we were getting in the New York Blowhard and when we lost we did not find it in the least bit “suitable” nor do most of us feel that way today.

            Conservatives know they are “STUCK.” STUCK with that worthless husk of what is supposed to be a political party, STUCK with President Blowhard who either doesn’t say what needs to be said or is relegated to childishly lashing out when he is attacked personally, STUCK with a U. S. Senate Republican Primary with neither candidate having
            a scintilla of conservative credentials.

            As adults we know when we are stuck so we will simply sullenly do what needs to be done and hope for better days. In this case, conservatives will vote for Trump, hopefully ignore Chris Devaney’s more attractive but meaningless ads and vote for Hagerty, and turn their attention to Timothy Hill’s race in the First Congressional District where we finally have a chance to accomplish something enthusiastically.

          • MARLE says:

            He didn’t suggest he was stuck in any way. My comment suggested the difficulty of being stuck. His did not. Creative reading.

          • MARLE says:

            And what scintilla of conservatism the Senate had prior to Trump went out the window as they knuckled under to every non-conservative, self-serving instinct he spouted from debt levels, to artificial Fed rates, to tariffs, to you name it.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Speaking of creative reading he also didn’t suggest it “suits them fine” or, in fact, it even suits him fine. All Eddie was trying to do in his six words was to say there is no use to keep banging on about how each choice has its decided downside when for conservatives our choice is clear given the utter nightmare just thinking of the Democrats gaining power.

            Trump was fine with being a Democrat for most of his adult life. He is not a conservative, he is simply relatively conservative given the leftward movement of the entire political spectrum since the 2016 elections. Conservatives who voted for him in the Republican Primary were misguided. Republicans who vote for No Record Candidates, centrist/tepid conservatives when a conservative alternative is available are similarly misguided but they do it all too frequently. That’s what makes the Republican Party nothing more than the political arm of the Chamber of Commerce. The worthlessness of the Republican Party is nowhere better on display than the U. S. Senate. We can only do what we can do to resist the further deterioration of this country knowing that there is only so much any of us can do.

          • Eddie White says:

            Stuart, when you say that Trump does not say what needs to be said, what do you mean? He seems to be one of the few who eskews political correctness and says what he thinks. I find that refreshing. He even threatens to veto a defense bill because of renaming of military bases. I would also like for you to lay out the policy differences between Trump and Cruz. I would note that Cruz is now one of Trump’s biggest supporters.

          • MARLE says:

            Not a difficult choice in my book means Not A Difficult Choice. Everything he has written in the past plus this ……..Trump suits him fine.

          • Eddie White says:

            Marle, let’s talk about creativity. Being creative is one who tells us how abortion is wrong, how bad immigration is, particularly illegal, and how terrible it is for our public officials to limit our personal freedoms during this virus. And then tell us that one of the most pro-life presidents, toughest immigration presidents, and the president that is trying to push to reopen the country, that president is horrible and should be voted out of office. That’s creative, among other characterizations that come to mind.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Eddie, what needs to be said over and over again is to point to the fact that the mayors of these dystopian cities did not fly in from Mars and were not imposed on them by some foreign power, they were voted in by a majority of their citizens who bothered to show up and vote in the local elections and what we are watching on our TV screens is “what you get when you vote DEMOCRAT.” When you parlay that with Democratic governors the situation is even that much worse and that’s “what you get when you vote DEMOCRAT.”

            Over and over again Trump should hang the lawless mob around the Democrat’s neck, rhetorically make the mob the shock troops of the Democratic Party. Demand more people be put in jails for mob violence. Don’t dilute this message with distractions about anything else. In my opinion he has not done this anywhere near as effectively as he could. Instead he has been strangely silent much of the time and absent like most Republican Tall Grass Dwellers. The pros obviously have his ear. “Don’t stir things up, we will win just because we are NOT Democrats.” They think so because they listen to Talk Radio and watch Hannity and Laura but the ladies in the suburbs and the low information voters don’t, and anyway, in the long run they are wrong.

            As for Trump vs. Cruz. It’s the story that I bang on about all the time on this forum. Cruz was a highly intelligent individual with a long record of conservative votes throughout his political career. TRUMP WAS A NON-IDEOLOGICAL NEW YORK BLOWHARD who like all blowhards threw out chunks of red meat telling people sick of Republican Tall Grass Dwellers and both parties what they wanted to hear. I can NEVER compare a No Record Candidate like Trump with a rich conservative record candidate like Cruz. The whole thing was laughable, and finally most disheartening.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            And PLEASE let no one forget the analyst who summed up Trump’s win as his being ” . . . a b**lsh*t artist who got lucky.” Think he can do it again? If so, I can only pray you are right.

          • Eddie White says:

            Stuart, did you watch the President’s speech in Tulsa? Did you watch his speech in Phoenix last week. He is saying exactly what you stated. I know you are into that big 1st district race, but take a little time to listen to the President. I know Cruz is a smart guy, but he did not win. Trump is now carrying the water for the policies that Cruz and most sensible conservatives care about.

          • Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Wonderful point Eddie and it’s exactly what I am talking about. YOUR’RE PRESIDENT DAMN IT!!!! You have the bully pulpit! CNN, MSNBC etc. etc. have to carry what you say when cities are burning. Biden has to get his message out at campaign events you don’t Mr. President. When you fly into Tulsa and Phoenix you’re flying in to speak to the choir. Nobody cares except members of the choir and their relatives.

            Not now, it’s too late, but when the mob was running wild day after day you pound the theme home “this is what you get when you vote Democrat.” Instead, Rev. Trump carries the bible over to a church of one of the most ant-Trump denominations, a church he has no intention of attending and I don’t believe he ever attended. My Lord, could Sat. Night Live have done any better?

            OK , MARLE and I are going to vote for Trump. Trump is going to easily carry Tennessee. He doesn’t need our money. Cruz (Heritage-91%) is a Senator from Texas (besides I have my eyes on Josh Hawley (Heritage-92%) for 2024). I suggest we focus our attention on that First District race.

          • Eddie White says:

            Biden has to love Trump voters like you and Marle. He could use y’all in some commercials!

          • James White says:

            Cruz is Deep State his wife is CFR

          • Eddie White says:

            James, I have my doubts if Cruz is deep state. However, it was very disappointing when Cruz spoke at the Republican National Convention and refused to endorse the Republican nominee. Fortunately, he has changed his tone and supports the President. I think his time has passed. Pence in 2024.

  • James White says:

    The main issue is to keep the Federal Government out of local police matters.

  • MARLE says:

    I never said Trump should be voted out of office. I have pointed out his lies, his flip flops, his reckless Fed policies, his debt and lots of other things. But when the alternative is mano who has lost his cognitive faculties ………………………………………………………… in that case I have not said Trump should be voted out.

    You Eddie are the master of creative Reading. Or maybe there is something more troubling at work. Hard to tell, honestly.

  • Eddie White says:

    Nothing troubling at work at all. Just pointing out your own inconsistencies.

    • MARLE says:

      There aren’t any inconsistencies and the fact that you see things that aren’t there IS troubling. I never said he should be voted out. (but you see that I said that) and I never said I was against abortion as a matter of law (but you see that I said that). That is beyond creative reading and it is why you see inconsistencies that don’t exist.

      • Eddie White says:

        I don’t think you know what you believe…..

        • MARLE says:

          Good one, Eddie. Most intelligent and thinking people are open to the arguments and ideas of others. It doesn’t mean that they will be embraced or adopted but they will be considered.

          If intelligent people did not operate in this way we’d still be under British rule, still have slavery, women would not be in the work place, we would never have reigned in graft/corruption/bribery in our police, judicial system etc.

          The fact that you are unwilling to even HEAR the other side of almost anything is not a jewel in your crown.

  • Eddie White says:

    As an intelligent and thinking person, I am certainly open to any argument presented by any individual who actually has a rational and coherent argument to make.

    • MARLE says:

      Yep….that’s me. Irrational and incoherent. As compared to you, I suppose. A good laugh per day is always appreciated.

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