Mt Lebanon Community Oriented Policy (MLCOP)
Update June 15, 2007Rob whitfield met with Chief Ogden, Steve Feller, Dale Colby and legal counsel for Mt Lebanon on May 25th, 2007. The Mt Lebanon Police Department has promised to make changes in the direction of more openness, including information regarding the use of force. Changes to the MLPD web site are expected to reflect this openness and should be completed early this summer.
As a result of a high-profile taser incident and the resulting fear and anger created in the community, mlcop.com was created. mlcop.com is an exercise in grassroots democracy. The goal is to effect specific changes in the policies and procedures employed by the Mt Lebanon Police Department so that citizens are better served. With this effort we believe that both citizens and police officers will be safer.
The function of this site is to educate and advocate. We will strive to maintain a cooperative posture with the municipality. However, when necessary we may take an adversarial stance. We will strive for an honest, open dialog with the management of the police department and with the commissioners.
Click here to see how you can help.
The primary areas of policy concern include:
Taser Policy Reform RecommendationsMt Lebanon has so far insisted on keeping the taser policy secret. However, a few details about the policy have come to light through requests made using the PA Right-to-Know law. Based on information gleaned from these details, we have drafted a few recommendations to improve some obvious deficiencies. We trust that Mt Lebanon will see the wisdom in removing the secrecy around the taser policy so that citizens can be permitted to conduct a more robust review and possibly offer a more thorough set of recommendations.
Click here to see the questions asked and the answers provided under the PA Right-to-Know law.
Click here to help us end unnecessary secrecy in Mt Lebanon and all across Pennsylvania.