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Police Chief Hart's Statement

I am deeply saddened and troubled by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement and wish to honor him by supporting meaningful change in our criminal justice system. I will be joining our community in a peaceful protest on Friday, June 5th at 5pm in support of black lives. I encourage you to join us.

Naturally, there have been many questions about policy, training, and accountability measurers at the Saline Police Department in recent days. I encourage you to visit https://bit.ly/2Aw0xWn and read through my most recent update to City Council on April 6, 2020.

My vision as Chief of Police is greatly influenced by the Final Report of the Presidents Task Force on 21st Century Policing released in May 2015. The Department update highlighted the work our women and men have completed and shared our path forward in addressing six main topic areas or "pillars" as recommended in the report.

Our future endeavors include the development of our first-ever strategic plan with assistance from our community and the U.S. Department of Justice, and a "public facing" policy manual so the public can see our policies and procedures online to enhance transparency.

Also noted in the update is a new relationship with Chief Michael Cox and his team at the Ann Arbor Police Department. Due to their partnership earlier this year, Saline Police Officers were trained in such contemporary policing topics as; fair and impartial policing, community policing, mental health and other topics as shown in the Department update.

I am proud of the work the women and men of the Saline Police Department have accomplished in the 2 1/2 years I have been here. They have adapted well to change and those still here are committed to treating each public interaction as an opportunity to build trust and legitimacy with each one of you.

I hope to see you Friday,
Chief Jerrod S. Hart
Saline Police Department