Second police policy workshop planned

City council continues discussion of accountability gaps

A second Langley City Council workshop reviewing police policy is scheduled 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 17 at City Hall.

The public is invited. Workshops are for discussions of a topic; no action is taken.

The series of workshops was sparked by the recent firing of former Langley Police Chief David Marks, who is alleged to have used excessive force when arresting a mentally ill man last year.

Reviewing systematic flaws exposed during the Marks controversy are among the council’s priorities.

At the first workshop two weeks ago, council members set three goals: improve the complaint process for citizens and provide assurance of privacy; learn from industry experts about small community police experiences; and develop a community survey.

Other topics they plan to review include job characteristic and hiring qualifications of the police chief, ways of building better checks and balances for police chief performance reviews and residency requirements for police officers.

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