Justice Department says Warren PD still in full compliance

WARREN — In the first year after being deemed in full compliance with its settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, the Warren Police Department “maintained full and faithful compliance with each provision of the agreement,” the agency wrote in a May 23 memo to Warren Law Director Greg Hicks.

The letter, from Timothy Mygatt, deputy chief of the special litigation section, says the Justice Department will again review the department for full compliance in 2018, the last year such monitoring is required.

The letter says the Justice Department, as part of its 2017 review, looked at all 68 use-of-force incidents involving officers from 2017 and 16 public complaints, “ensuring WPD thoroughly investigated these matters.”

The Justice Department also reviewed about 20 percent of the 151 “alerts” from the department’s Early Intervention System and looked at the department’s response to those alerts.

The system tracks incidents involving the department’s officers, such as injuries to prisoners, uses of force, amount of chemical spray used, to alert supervisory personnel to officers showing signs of possible unconstitutional policing.

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