Independent review of KDPS actions during summer of 2020 events released to public

On September 7, Public Safety Chief Vernon Coakley updated the City Commission on the status of recommended actions included in the pdf OIR Report (922 KB)  ( pdf Report Addendum (159 KB) ). 55% of the 40 recommendations have already been completed. A timeline is provided for the remainder. 

You can view Chief Coakley's presentation online here.

pdf September 7, 2021 OIR Recommendations Presentation Slides (255 KB)

pdf Status of OIR Recommendations, September 7, 2021 Update Spreadsheet (357 KB)

pdf Kalamazoo OIR Group Report (922 KB)

pdf OIR Group Report Addendum (159 KB)

pdf Kalamazoo OIR Group Report - Spanish (850 KB)

pdf OIR Group Addendum - Spanish (101 KB)

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UPDATE The OIR Group  has issued an addendum to their original report clarifying KDPS’ information sharing efforts in the investigation. The addendum can be found pdf here (159 KB) .

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The OIR Group’s independent review of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s (KDPS) handling of two critical events during the summer of 2020 has been completed and released. 

The OIR Group will present its findings during a joint meeting of the City Commission and the Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board (CPSRAB) on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually and will be streamed live on the City of Kalamazoo’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

The OIR Group’s report detailed a series of 40 recommendations based on its comprehensive analysis which included review of videotaped evidence, written evidence, numerous interviews and listening sessions.

The report acknowledged that the “realities of last summer were more complicated than some believed” and that “KDPS did many things creditably and without a discriminatory motivation.” It also found “room for improvement certainly existed – as is almost always the case with police agencies or any other organization in the aftermath of critical, high-profile incidents.”

The full report can be found on the City of Kalamazoo’s at www.kalamazoocity.org/OIRreport.

A memo from City Manager Jim Ritsema to the Kalamazoo City Commission and the Citizens Public Safety Review and Appeal Board can be found pdf here (198 KB) .

“We take the findings and recommendations from this important report very seriously, and we plan to use this independent review as a tool to help us learn, grow and improve,” said City Manager Jim Ritsema. “We will work with KDPS and our community to develop a plan to implement key changes and improvements detailed in this report so we can build upon our successes, learn from our mistakes and better serve the residents of Kalamazoo through effective and transparent community policing.”

The City of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety will withhold further comment on the report until after the OIR Group’s presentation Tuesday.

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