City of Lincoln announces independent assessment of LPD

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The City of Lincoln announced on Wednesday that the Lincoln Police Department will undergo an independent assessment.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird ordered it in February 2021.

Employees of LPD will have the opportunity to complete an anonymous survey about their experiences and perspectives on operations within the department.

The survey is being conducted by 21st Century Policing Solutions (21CP).  Starting Wednesday, employees can voluntarily participate in the survey.

The survey will be conducted through a website with no relationship to the City of Lincoln or LPD.

All information shared throughout the assessment will be anonymous, and no identifying information will be collected.

Before 21CP completes its assessment, virtual and in-person focus groups with LPD employees will be voluntarily conducted.

“An essential part of ensuring that LPD continues to be successful in accomplishing its mission is thoroughly responding to concerns and maintaining a culture of excellence, free from discrimination and harassment. This process involves seeking the perspectives of all our law enforcement professionals,” Gaylor Baird said.

The city initiated the process of engaging a third party to conduct the assessment prior to the employment of Police Chief Teresa Ewins.

21CP is a collective of veteran police chiefs and preeminent scholars, civil rights lawyers, and police union representatives. The firm has expertise in police management, systems, policy, training, operations, labor relations, internal investigations, and equity and inclusion practices.

The Lincoln Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 1989.

CALEA is the premier credentialing body for law enforcement agencies in the U.S. Only about 5% of U.S. law enforcement agencies have CALEA accreditation.

LPD was one of the first agencies in the country and the first in Nebraska to achieve this certification and is reevaluated every two years.

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