Memphis Police Department changes policy on officers reporting improper conduct, official says

Memphis Police Department changes policy on officers reporting improper conduct, official says
The Memphis Police Department has made changes to its policy on members reporting improper police conduct.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police Department has changed its policy on its officers reporting improper police conduct by other officers.

According to MPD spokesperson Louis Brownlee, the original policy that was already in place stated:

Duty to Intervene and Reporting Improper Conduct

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A member shall immediately report to the Department any violation of policies and regulations or any other improper conduct which is contrary to the policy, order or directives of the Department.

Brownlee said the policy has been changed, as evidenced below:

Any member who directly observes another member engaged in dangerous or criminal conduct or abuse of a subject shall take reasonable action to intervene.

A member shall immediately report to the Department any violation of policies and regulations or any other improper conduct which is contrary to the policy, order or directives of the Department.

For sworn employees, this reporting requirement also applies to allegations of uses of force not yet reported.

Brownlee said any violation of the policy “will be investigated, and the corrective action is handed down accordingly.”

This can range from oral counseling up to termination, according to Brownlee.

According to Mike Williams, President of the Memphis Police Association, “We have reviewed DR 127 Reporting Improper Conduct. We see nothing in this policy change that conflicts with the Memphis Police Association’s Mission Statement. It has always been our understanding that officers have been responsible to report or intervene in dangerous or criminal conduct. We support this initiative.”