The work of Mayor Bottoms’ Use of Force Advisory Council continues to move forward at a rapid pace. Recently, members of the Atlanta Police Department’s senior command staff met to review new guidelines about officers’ duty to intervene, when they see a fellow officer or civilian staffer behaving in a dangerous or unprofessional manner.
The goal is to change the culture in the department, to eliminate the stigma of “snitching” on colleagues who violate profession standards.
Interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant says APD does a pretty good job of that already, but that there’s always room for improvement. Bryant says the officers owe it to the community and themselves to intervene when the circumstances demand it.