On August 3, 2020 the City Manager provided a status update on the Action Plan.
At the June 15 City Commission meeting Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema introduced series of action steps that the City Administration and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will begin immediately in response to the events which occurred in Kalamazoo May 30 through June 2.
The plan includes hiring an independent, outside investigator to review the events surrounding the protests and the City’s actions in response. The Community Public Safety Review & Appeals Board (CPSRAB) will assist in the selection of the investigator. The outside investigator will review if Public Safety’s procedures were followed, if existing procedures are appropriate, and if there are recommendations for changes. The city will also examine other existing KDPS procedures through the viewpoint of equity.
Other steps include an update to the traffic stop study which was last completed in 2013, a review of the role of CPSRAB, increased equity training for KDPS officers and city staff, and opportunities for community members to share their experiences that they have had with Public Safety. The public will be kept informed throughout this process with the addition of a Public Information Officer, which was approved in the 2020 budget.