Use of Force Review
The Champaign Police Department closely monitors and analyzes each and every incident where force is used by our officers, and defines use of force as any force beyond normal handcuffing techniques–including low levels of force required to secure an offender that is tensing up or pulling an arm away during an arrest.
The use of force review serves to ensure that the use of any force is based upon reasonableness in accomplishing a lawful task and is in accordance with the Department’s value system of “service through trust, integrity and respect.”
Annual Use of Force Reports
The Champaign City Council is provided an annual report that outlines force used and if there are any trends, training needs or potential policy modifications.
Most calls for service are handled by Champaign Police without any force used, with the most recent data reflecting that in 2016, 99.76% of calls for service were resolved without the use of force.
Use of Force Review Committee
The Chief of Police appoints a pool of Department members, and effective September 2017, six citizen representatives, to serve on the Use of Force Review Committee. Department appointees are assigned for a period of (1) year and citizen representatives serve no more than two consecutive year terms.
Committee members review all relevant facts, circumstances, and information related to specific incidents where force is used. Citizen representatives serve in an individual and advisory capacity and focus on ensuring that the process is thorough, fair, and sensitive to community concerns about police use of force.
The Committee consists of the following representatives, appointed by the Chief of Police:
- Citizen Member: Greg Connor
- Citizen Member: Elizabeth Perrachione
- Citizen Member: Eric Burton
- Citizen Member: Christopher Benton
- Citizen Member: Kenton Elmore
- Citizen Member: Jonathan Livengood
- Police Representative: Deputy Chief Joseph Gallo
- Police Representative: Lieutenant Mark Vogelzang
- Police Representative: Lieutenant Nathan Rath
- Police Representative: Sergeant Geoffrey Coon
- Police Representative: Sergeant Aaron Lack
- Police Representative: Sergeant Matthew Crane
- Police Representative: Sergeant John Lieb
- Police Representative: Officer Shane Standiffer
- Police Representative: Officer Chris Aikman
- Police Representative: Officer Justin Prosser
- Police Representative: Officer Randy Beach
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