On June 18, 2020, the Dayton City Commission announced the working structure used to drive changes for police reform in Dayton.
Working groups were made up of community members, the Dayton Police Department, members of the Community Police Council and people with expertise in the criminal justice system. The working groups were supported by City staff, University of Dayton law students, and Dayton Mediation Center staff.
“Since the protests over George Floyd’s murder began, Daytonians have shown incredible passion and thoughtfulness about rooting out systemic racism in our community and in our police force,” said Mayor Nan Whaley said in 2020. “We are looking forward to creating the opportunity for Daytonians to work alongside Dayton police to shape policy for the police department that serves them. Policing affects all communities, but with the focus on racism and policing, we are working to ensure that black Daytonians are front and center in this conversation. We appreciate the many community leaders who have already reached out with their interest in doing this work and the commitment the Dayton Police Department has made to engaging as well.”
After the recommendations were finalized by the five working groups in April of 2021, the City put in place an Implementation Committee, who are currently working to receive updates on implementation, and give feedback on long-term accountability structures. Work around improving community safety will certainly continue after this intense period of work, and the ongoing methods for engagement around reform will be for years to come.