SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - At a meeting with city councilors on Wednesday, Interim Chief Andrew Shearer updated the department on his work to modernize the department.
The overhaul was sparked by an officer-involved shooting of 33-year-old Stacy Kenny during a traffic stop.
A report by an independent investigator into the shooting of Kenny in 2019 found the Springfield Police Department failed to de-escalate the situation.
“That encounter ultimately ended when Stacy Kenny was shot and killed by an SPD sergeant after a series of events that led to her driving away with the sergeant in the passenger seat of the car,” Shearer said.
The report also gave police 33 recommendations about what to do better, so those types of incidents do not happen again.
"The growth that we are experiencing and the focused work that we are doing is in direct alignment with each of these recommendations,” Shearer said.
Many of those changes are focused on the Inter-Agency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT).
Some of the major improvements include a crime scene log for any officer-involved shooting, a protocol to separate officers and witnesses until their statements are given, and a force review committee.
"The primary goals of the committee are to thoroughly examine use of force incidents to identify areas of improvement in training tactics, equipment, and policy changes," Shearer said.
He also addressed body cameras, he said they turn on with the officers activating the lights in their car.
SPD is also looking to change the color of their cars, in addition to providing peer support to help officers deal with the stress of the job.
He said their goal is to take care of their officers, so they can take care of us.
The city of Springfield is writing a response to each of the 33 recommendations and expects to finish that in the next month or two.
When the written response is final, it will be shared online and available to the public.