Dennis Brown | September 17, 2020
In collaboration with a group of Black University of Notre Dame students, and after receiving suggestions from them as well as from faculty, staff and alumni, the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) has developed a report that includes acknowledgement of past problems, a commitment to equitable policing and a comprehensive series of initiatives designed to create a more fair, impartial, diverse and just organization, highly trained and dedicated to protecting and serving all members of the University community.
“We have listened closely as our students have shared their concerns surrounding the interactions people of color have had with our department over the years,” NDPD Chief Keri Kei Shibata said. “We had areas in which, frankly, we needed to improve.
“Now, we’re building upon strides we’ve made as a department in the past with the addition of recommendations offered by students and others and new protocols in law enforcement nationwide and on university campuses in particular. The result is a public policy position and set of enhanced police practices that will continue to hold our department to the highest standards and, we believe, are among the best in the nation.”
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