April 29, 2021, Canton, MI – The Canton Police Department in collaboration with the Canton Coalition for Inclusive Communities (CCIC) has developed a new initiative called the Police Transparency and Guidance Subcommittee. This group will operate as a subcommittee out of the CCIC, and be tasked with examining police misconduct investigations, with an emphasis on complaints regarding use of force, false arrest and complaints alleging racial profiling or bias-based policing.
“This committee will help express a community-driven voice as it relates to police service,” said Police Chief Chad Baugh. “As we deploy some of the best police officers in our state, we are at the same time increasing our transparency and developing another mechanism to find solutions and build a stronger bond with our citizens,” Baugh adds.
The committee will be citizen-led, consisting of five diverse members of the CCIC who will provide annual reports with possible recommendations to the police chief. These reports and recommendations will be reviewed with the Township Supervisor and Board of Trustees, and the chief will address any strategic programming needs to meet the service expectations of the Canton community.
“We are proud to say that Canton is taking a proactive step in strengthening our police and community partnership,” said Anne Marie Graham-Hudak, Canton Township Supervisor. “The new committee will not replace any of the current policy processes we have in place, but instead increase transparency and commitment to our residents,” Graham-Hudak adds.
Committee members will receive on-going comprehensive legal, labor and educational training related to the best practices of holistic policing in the United States.