Follow-up on GCPD

What I will present to the BOC on Thursday.

C. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS The Grand Jury finds as follows:
1. Glynn County commissioners are elected to supervise and be accountable for the actions the Glynn County Police Department;
2. Lack of integrity leads to a lack of moral integrity, which undermines the perceived authority of our law enforcement;
3. There is an ongoing culture of cover-up, failure to supervise, abuse of power and lack of accountability within the administration of the Glynn County Police Department;
4. Glynn County commissioners need to implement and/or enforce existing policies pertaining to the failure by supervisors to document and investigate allegations of misconduct by Glynn County employees;
5. Glynn County commissioners need to maintain personnel files on Glynn County Police Officers independent of and outside of the Police Department with controlled access and an audit process;
6. Glynn County commissioners need to implement and/or enforce existing policies to address the actions by supervisors to retaliate against Glynn County employees who have cooperated or provided truthful information in investigations into allegations of misconduct within county government;
7. Glynn County commissioners need to implement and/or enforce existing policies to protect Glynn County employees who have cooperated or provided truthful information in investigations into allegations of misconduct within county government;
8. Glynn County commissioners need to review the current Glynn County Police Department organizational chart and structure, and address discrepancies in rank within the chain of command;
9. Glynn County commissioners need to establish criteria and policies for the selection, hiring and promotion of persons who will serve as supervisors over law enforcement officers;
10.Glynn County commissioners need to establish criteria and policies within the Police Department for determining when an Internal Affairs Investigation should be conducted and who is qualified to conduct such investigation, and to address the recent practice of conducting “inquiries” in lieu of an internal affairs investigation;
11.Glynn County commissioners need to implement and/or enforce existing policies to ensure that County police officers prepare reports in a timely manner and include all relevant information;
12.Glynn County commissioners need to establish criteria and policies within the Police Department for ensuring that all statutory and constitutionally mandated information is provided in a timely manner for criminal prosecution;
13.The added layers of government (County Administration and County Commissioners) between the Glynn County Police Department and the citizens creates inefficiency and less accountability;
14.The citizens of Glynn County should have the opportunity to vote on the issue of whether to continue to have a Glynn County Police Department in November 2020, as previously recommended by the March 2016 Grand Jury, and this Grand Jury concurs;
15.If the Glynn County commissioners are unable to address the issues set forth in these recommendations, the operation of the county police department should be terminated by the County Commission and/or the state legislature;
16.The Glynn County Police Department is supervised by added layers of government (County Administration and County Commissioners) that creates inefficiency and less accountability to the public;
17.The Grand Jury refers this matter to the September 2019 Term Grand Jury for further civil investigation and consideration of any indictments; and
18.The Grand Jury has formed a committee to discuss its findings with the County Attorney and State legislators.

FROM THE IACP REPORT:

Re-establish and re-emphasize Community Policing as the Operational Strategy for the GCPD.
• Adopt practices that promote establishing community relationships and building trust, and problem solving
• Establish direct partnerships, communication, and meetings with community groups
• Implement regular, formalized meetings and communication by geographic area during which: information is shared and received; concerns and issues are identified, tracked, and prioritized in partnership with all stakeholders; and plans are created to address any issues. Provide regular updates on progress for each matter.
• Implement a Citizen’s Police Academy
• Create a Police Advisory Board comprised of residents from across the County
• Assign officers and supervisors to geographic area to increase ownership and
accountability and assign lieutenants to larger geographical areas with geographical versus temporal oversight and accountability