OROVILLE, Calif.- Local law enforcement agencies here at home are reacting to the nationwide call for change. Action News Now spoke with the Oroville Police Chief who says they are working to expand their policies.
Chief Joe Deal says they’ve already started implementing some changes and are looking at other ways to improve public safety.
Many people across the country are asking for police reform and Deal says their biggest priority is making sure the community is safe.
He says the department is in compliance with all state laws but they are making some changes. "We already have a warning before shooting and a detailed reporting system when it comes to use of force. We already are in compliance with those laws. But when it comes to chokeholds, I know there’s discussion about banning them and although the Oroville police department has a policy on the carotid restraint hold, I have banned that hold in the department."
Deal says they are also looking to expand their de-escalation training to make it more detailed and available to more staff.
He says they are also constantly working together with Butte County Behavioral Health officials.
Deal tells Action News Now that they continue following their body-worn camera policy and are exploring funding options to also add dash cameras to the patrol cars.
"The highest priority of the Oroville Police Department is safeguarding the life and liberty of all persons without prejudice to anyone, our policy reform and implementation will be done effectively and in a meaningful way to ensure transparency and accountability. Our department is committed to the highest ethical professional standards and we pride ourselves in the quality of services we provide this community," said Deal.