Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission (LECAC) has formed several committees, with the goal of improving policing practices within commonwealth law enforcement agencies, Deputy State Inspector General and Commission Chairman, Sha S. Brown announced today.
“Establishing these committees will help assure the citizens of Pennsylvania that incidents are handled with accountability, transparency, and integrity,” said Brown. “Reviewing investigations and recommending modifications to policies, procedures, and training is critical to preventing future tragedies.”
The commission will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. May 20 to discuss the new committees, adopt bylaws, and approve other administrative matters. The commission’s webpage has more information about the meeting.
The following committees have been created:
- Critical Incident Committee to review investigations of police-involved shootings resulting in injury or death of civilians conducted by covered agencies;
- Use of Force Committee to review a random sampling of lower level uses of force (non-shooting) involving injury or death of civilians;
- Bias-Based Policing Committee to review all investigations of racial or ethnic discrimination and other bias-based policing and/or external complaints of bias or discrimination during interactions with covered agencies.
Governor Wolf created the commission last year by executive order following concerns raised by residents, leaders of black communities, and Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus members after the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. LECAC’s goal is to improve policing practices within law enforcement agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction by examining events and conducting reviews of policies, practices, and procedures.
The committees will review completed investigative findings to determine if they were prompt, fair, complete, and performed in a manner consistent with applicable policies. They will consider whether any findings or discipline were reasonable under law enforcement protocols and determine if any training deficiencies exist. They will then prepare a report and include any necessary recommendations. All LECAC reports will be available to the public.
LECAC is comprised of 21 voting members and six ex-officio members. Voting members include one representative from each of the Pennsylvania State Police’s current 15 Troop geographic areas and six citizen members chosen at large.
Reports of abuse within law enforcement agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction may be anonymously reported by filing an online complaint or calling the Law Enforcement Oversight Tipline: 1-833-581-1692.
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