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The Moline Police Department policy is to utilize an outside agency to investigate any incident involving an officer-involved shooting regardless if the incident results in a death. In the case of an Officer involved shooting the Police Department will make a request to the Rock Island Integrity Task Force, which is supervised by the Illinois State Police to conduct an investigation. The Integrity Task Force shall be designated with handling an independent criminal investigation and shall report to the State’s Attorney’s Office directly. An Illinois State Police command member is in charge of this task force. State Law mandates procedures for the investigation of officer-involved deaths, to include the death of an individual from a direct action (shooting, arrest, etc.), intentional omission, failure to seek medical attention, or a motor vehicle accident. An outside agency involving investigators that are certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board as Lead Homicide Investigators must conduct an investigation in an expeditious manner.
It is the policy of the Moline Police Department that police officers only use the amount of force that is reasonable to effectively bring an incident under control, while protecting the lives of officers and other persons. Use of force is in response to the behavior of the citizen during the event. Chokeholds are prohibited use of force unless deadly force is justified. The type of neck restraint witnessed in Minneapolis in the death of George Floyd is not used or allowed by the Moline Police Department. All Moline police officers are required to file a detailed report when use of force is applied. Those reports are reviewed by three supervisors before being sent to Administration for final review.
Officers file a detailed incident report when involved in a use of force. The Moline Police Department handles nearly 60,000 incidents each year and less than one quarter of 1% of the interactions involve use of force.
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The Chief of Police may issue discipline for an officer within the department for a period of 5 days or less. Charges of a serious nature that would warrant discipline greater than 5 days of suspension, or termination, are handled by the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. This is a civilian board appointed by the Mayor. The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners has power to issue subpoenas, conduct hearings and issue discipline.
The Moline Police Department have Axon Body Worn Cameras and Axon In-Vehicle Camera Systems for the purpose of documenting evidence and accurately recording, through video and audio, interactions that occur between officers and members of the public. Cameras must be recording at all times when an officer is in uniform and responding to calls for service or engaged in any law enforcement-related encounter while the officers is on duty. Recording must be turned off when the victim of a crime requests that the camera be turned off, a witness of a crime or community member who wishes to report a crime requests that the camera be turned off or if the officer is interacting with a confidential informant. This is governed by state law.
The Moline Police Department conducts monthly compliance reviews which are conducted by supervisory personnel. All supervisors review at least one recording from each officer per month at random.
Officers are subject to discipline for violating department policy, including the Body Worn & In-Vehicle Camera Systems policy. Any officer or member of the police force shall be subject to reprimand, suspension from duty, or dismissal, according to the nature and aggravation of the offense.
Police officers in the State of Illinois can be decertified. The Illinois Training and Standards Board received notification of decertification and maintains that database. The Board also has investigators that investigate the training of police officers and proper certification. Continued law enforcement practice after being decertified is a Class 4 felony.
All members of the Moline Police Department have completed racial profiling, implicit bias and cultural competency training in 2017, 2018 and 2019.In addition, Moline Police Department officers are required to complete training in Civil Rights, Constitutional & Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority, Cultural Competency, Human Rights, Mental Health Awareness, Procedural Justice, at minimum, every three years.New police officers are now receiving courses of procedural justice, arrest and use and control tactics, search and seizure, including temporary questioning, civil rights, human rights, human relations, cultural competency, including implicit bias and racial and ethnic sensitivity, criminal law, law of criminal procedure, constitutional and proper use of law enforcement authority, vehicle and traffic law including uniform and non-discriminatory enforcement of the Illinois Vehicle Code.Police officers have numerous mandatory training and administrative requirements in Illinois to ensure constant and repetitive training. There are over 39 state law mandates that police departments must comply with in order to retain certification.
It is the policy of the Moline Police Department that all initiated actions will be based on the standard of reasonable suspicion or probable cause as required by the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and statutory authority. All police-initiated actions that are based on bias profiling are strictly prohibited. Officers must be able to articulate the specific facts, circumstances and conclusions that support probable cause or reasonable suspicion for the police initiated actions.
The Moline Police Department is a diverse organization that is always seeking to improve our representation of an ever changing community. We test annually so new opportunities are always available to join our team. We welcome and encourage candidates from minority populations to join our force.As of June 11, 2020, the Moline Police Department has 81 sworn police officers. Of this staff we have 13 female officers and 12 minority officers. Several of our officers speak a foreign language. One officer speaks multiple foreign languages.