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Lakewood seeks community review of “Use of Force Policy” of Sheriff’s Department

As part of the City of Lakewood’s ongoing Community Dialogue on race, equity, diversity and inclusion, the city has been conducting a review of the Use of Force Policy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is the law enforcement agency for the City of Lakewood.

Cities around the nation have been conducting such a community review as part of a best-practice recommended by the U.S. Department of Justice’s 21st Century Policing Task Force. The Use of Force Policy is utilized county-wide by the Sheriff’s Department in all of its service areas. It is not a policy of the City of Lakewood.

The City of Lakewood posted the Sheriff’s Department Use of Force Policy and asked for resident input late last year. Comments were provided by 60 residents.

A committee of the Lakewood City Council carefully reviewed the comments, studied the Use of Force policy, and requested additional information from the Sheriff’s Department.

Based on its analysis and review, the Lakewood City Council is considering draft findings and recommendations that it plans to communicate to the Sheriff’s Department.

The City Council is seeking feedback from residents on these draft findings and recommendations by Dec. 8, 2021.

Residents can provide their feedback in three ways:

1. Online at www.lakewoodcity.org/CommunityReview
2. By emailing [email protected]
3. By mail to: Community Relations Office, Lakewood City Hall, 5050 Clark Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712.

This article was released by the City of Lakewood.