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File #: 200431    Version: 0
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/7/2020 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 7/28/2020
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute resolution urging the Fire and Police Commission to add emotional intelligence and cultural competency assessments to the aptitude tests for evaluating Police Department recruits and to add applicant preference points based on certain score ranges in emotional intelligence and cultural competency.
Sponsors: ALD. JOHNSON, ALD. RAINEY, ALD. KOVAC, ALD. PEREZ, ALD. COGGS
Number
200431

Version
ORIGINAL

Reference

Sponsor
ALD. JOHNSON, RAINEY, KOVAC, PEREZ, AND COGGS

Title
Substitute resolution urging the Fire and Police Commission to add emotional intelligence and cultural competency assessments to the aptitude tests for evaluating Police Department recruits and to add applicant preference points based on certain score ranges in emotional intelligence and cultural competency.

Analysis
This resolution urges the Fire and Police Commission to add emotional intelligence and cultural competency assessments to the aptitude tests for evaluating Police Department recruits and to add applicant preference points based on certain score ranges in emotional intelligence and cultural competency.

Body
Whereas, A critical function of an effective law enforcement agency is to develop high-performing, critically-thinking police officers who can adapt to the constant changes faced on the streets and interaction with the public; and

Whereas, Emotional intelligence deals with self-awareness and self-regulation of emotions, empathy, motivation, and social skills; and

Whereas, Being aware of trigger points and being able to pause when an incident or person causes anger to flare is an essential skill in deescalation; and

Whereas, The history of policing has perpetuated racial oppression and disparate racial outcomes which necessitate systemic institutional reconstruction; and

Whereas, Cultural competency and emotional intelligence aid in being able to understand someone else’s point of view, communicate effectively, and engage in negotiate with others to seek consensus; and

Whereas, Developing good social skills that are appropriate to the situation at hand is essential to interacting with the public; and

Whereas, Police officers are required to make numerous and critical decisions; and

Whereas, Emotional intelligence and cultural competency training aids police officers in making those decisions proactively, effectively, and...

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