The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office is taking significant steps towards enhancing transparency and accountability in its operations. With the launch of the Transparency Hub, Sheriff Derek Osborne aims to foster better communication between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves. This initiative features two key dashboards: the Crisis Alternative Response and Engagement (CARE) Team, focusing on mental and emotional crises, and the Defensive Action Report, detailing use and show of force incidents.
Sheriff Osborne emphasized the importance of distinguishing between “show of force” and actual “use of force,” with the dashboards providing insights into the circumstances and demographics involved in such situations. This move is part of a broader effort to ensure the community feels comfortable and informed about the sheriff’s office’s activities.
Additionally, the upcoming Civilian Response Unit aims to address non-emergency situations without deploying armed officers, thereby optimizing law enforcement resources for more critical needs. Sheriff’s Clerk Sam Pulliam highlighted the role of this unit in handling community issues over the phone, reducing the need for armed response and maintaining focus on urgent police matters. This approach not only improves resource allocation but also adds a personal touch to public policing, ensuring community members’ concerns are heard and addressed.
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