Find out more about the Disciplinary Matrix.
A disciplinary matrix is a set of guidelines for discipline of RPD officers. The PAB wrote a disciplinary matrix as required by law and is now seeking public comment.
Why should you participate in public input?
The disciplinary matrix should reflect community values and we need your input. This is the first draft and we will use your comments to write a stronger second draft.
Feedback We Need Most
All community feedback is valued and important, but certain feedback helps us more. We’re most interested in comments on the discipline outcomes or penalties, see below for examples:
- Do the outcomes/penalties match the misconduct?
- Are the outcomes/penalties the right kind of response to misconduct?
Important Aspects of The Matrix
Our matrix has defined outcomes called “presumptive outcomes” for every general order and every rule and regulation
The Board or chief can change the outcome/penalty. They must give a reason why.
An officer should be charged with the “most severe appropriate charge” which means the most specific rule, or order that applies to what they did wrong in the highest category.
Process for Public Input
Click here for Notice of Public Input.
We accept comments about the entirety matrix. Comments are prioritized in the first 60 days.
Thank you for participating in the conversation! For more information on our rules and regulations for comments please see our Terms of Participation.
Methodology (How the matrix was created)
The PAB researched:
- what our city charter requires;
- what other cities have done;
- what the law says;
- what the RPD rules say;
- how RPD uses their current rules;
- what academics and experts say; and
- what the community has to say about the matrix.