Mayor seeks independent review of Elkhart Police Department policies, practices

Published: Dec. 4, 2018 at 6:37 PM EST
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Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese announced Tuesday that he will seek an independent review of policies and practices within the Elkhart Police Department, specifically with regard to police discipline and use of force.

The announcement comes in the wake of several revelations, including an incident in which officers

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The new independent investigation Neese seeks is intended to "review and reaffirm the credibility of the Elkhart Police Department and produce findings and recommendations to generate positive change where necessary," according to a release issued Tuesday night.

The investigation is to be conducted by "an an independent entity." After it is selected, it will work in conjunction with Windbigler, who will return to the department Dec. 17.

As part of Neese's announcement, he also said the police administration will recommend Dec. 11 at the Board of Public Safety meeting that civilians be added to the police department's Use of Force Board.

To read the full release from the mayor's office,