Springfield Police Department adds new website section committed to transparency
The Springfield Police Department announced a new section of its website committed to transparency.
The section of the website is called "Where We Stand." It features Springfield Police Department policies, tactics and data in one location. Click
to see the special section.
Jasmine Bailey, public affairs officer for the Springfield Police Department, said the police department has been working on the new website tab for a couple of weeks in response to questions they've received from the community.
"We want to make sure that our community feels heard, that they know that we're willing to work with them to be a better police department and to be a better community as a whole," said Bailey.
She said a lot of the information included on the new site was already online, but you may have had to click on several links, or search for what you are looking for. The new site has been streamlined to make it easier for you to find what you need.
"The first step in making sure that we're building a relationship and an important dialogue with our community is to make sure that they are educated with the inner-workings of the police department and that's where you start," she said.
The tab, titled "Where We Stand," outlines important topics, like use of force, body cameras and easily accessible open data.
A Springfield woman, Christal Mercado, who is part of the police accountability group "Southwest Missouri Cop Watchers," said police should do even more.
"It's a good step, but not a big enough step," said Mercado.
Mercado feels like many of the issues that are being showcased on the new tab should have been already been addressed.
"It's stuff that we've been pushing for. So when we read through it, we said, 'we've asked for that, we went in front of city council in 2016 and asked for this,'" she said. "It's one of those things where we're glad to see it finally out there, but it should have already been implemented."
Bailey said police want the community to know that they hear their concerns and plan to continue to work toward transparency and change in the future.
"After you know what policies we have in place, then we can talk about what things maybe we need to implement in the future," Bailey said.
The police department released this statement: