Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is currently developing a de-escalation policy that is “robust” and is based on the input of the public.
“So based on the community feedback, I have directed that we take action. San Diego Police Department as we speak is working to develop a new and robust Police de-escalation policy based upon the feedback that we heard from our community,” said Faulconer in a press briefing.
He underscored the importance of de-escalation during a police arrest.
“Why is de-escalation policy important? Because it gives officers clear rules of the road on how to safely control a situation and resolve it with a lower level of force the department has been working on this since last week,” he explained.
“It’s a policy that is based on best practices. (A) policy that will further the trust and respect with the community. (A) policy that will continue to keep our city safe in a policy that once complete will go into effect immediately,” he added.
He also emphasized that this is a group effort of three of the city’s board and commissions.
It is composed of the community review board on police practices; the citizens advisory board on police and community relations; and, Human Relations Commission.
Last week, they were instructed by the Mayor to hold a special meeting to “further the dialogue and the understanding between police officers and the community.”
Mayor Faulconer said that the “we are going to get through this with transparency and accountability.”
The Mayor added he and SDPD Police Chief David Nisleit will introduce new policies on de-escalation next week.