Welcome to the BSUPD’s Fair and Impartial Policing Document Center.
The BSUPD has developed this page as resource for BSU community members regarding the policies, practices, and stances of the BSUPD on the topic of fair and impartial policing.
In 2014, President Obama appointed a Task Force on 21st Century Policing with the goal of strengthening police-community relations. The Final Report of the Task Force stated:
Recent events... have exposed rifts in the relationships between local police and the communities they protect and serve.... In establishing the task force, the President spoke of the distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities—the sense that in a country where our basic principle is equality under the law, too many individuals, particularly young people of color, do not feel as if they are being treated fairly....
These remarks underpin the philosophical foundation for the Task Force on 21st Century Policing: to build trust between citizens and their peace officers so that all components of a community are treating one another fairly and justly and are invested in maintaining public safety in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
More recently, the George Floyd killing has brought this issue to the fore; and has caused a broad re-examination of police practices nationwide.
As you review the materials, please be aware that some of the documents are drafts, or are meant only as beginning points for further discussion. Thank you.