Springettsbury Twp. police team up with DOJ, hoping for more transparency

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A York County police chief says his department needs improvement, so he asked the feds for help.

Springettsbury Township Police Department teamed up with the Department of Justice to help provide better service.

Chief Daniel Stump said the department has been involved in some incidents in the past that have had an impact on their reputation, and he wants to be transparent going forward.

The department provided the DOJ with information ranging from citizen complaints to internal affairs, along with rules of conduct, traffic stop statistics and use of force incidents.

The DOJ responded with recommendations to improve in those areas. They also said police can do a better job at making it easier for citizens to file complaints.

The police department will look to implement DOJ recommendations and will monitor and provide ongoing training during the implementation phase.

At a town hall Monday night, residents learned of the results of the analysis.

Stump hopes working with the DOJ will benefit everyone.

“There is a reputation thing from the past that is still out there, and our reputation was being questioned. And this is an important step in gaining trust in our community,” he said.

The department will be putting the entire report on its website.

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