Chief Revell addresses politicians, use of force and staffing levels – Tallahassee Reports
Police Chief Lawrence Revell appeared on The Morning Show with Preston Scott on Monday, June 7, 2021 and discussed concerns about the use of force related to a recent incident and personnel issues with the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD).
Regarding the use of force incident, Revell said the events between the officers and the offender on May 20 were fully in line with TPD policy.
Revell noted that officers arrived at the scene with the driver asleep at the wheel at an intersection on Tennessee Street, and a DUI expert was called in to perform a field field sobriety test. The driver was found to be intoxicated and the police began their arrest. At this point, the offender started to resist and became non-compliant.
Chief Revell said that when the officer hit the man in the thigh that it was not excessive, and when the offender began to comply with the officer’s requests, the officer stopped d ‘use his baton. The officer showed restraint and “this use of force is exactly within the framework of the policy”.
Revell also responded to comments from elected officials related to the incident.
Revell noted that there had been discussions regarding changing the current policy. He advised against making any changes, he said: “I warn people, be careful, if you keep taking tools away from agents at the bottom of the spectrum, you’re going to force them to a higher level. of the spectrum. ”
Revell said TPD’s policies are “nationwide leading policies”. According to Chief Revell, when determining departmental procedures, they take into account contributions from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) and the Florida Sheriff’s Association. These organizations conduct research, education, and training for various Florida state law enforcement and security agencies. In addition, TPD policies are compared to at least 18-20 other accredited agencies that are equal to or larger than TPD in size.
For the sake of transparency, TPD policies are available online for consultation.
Regarding staffing, Chief Revell said TPD currently has 380 officers and hopes to hire fifty more. Revell said the Tallahassee City Commission has provided support and helped fund local recruiting efforts. He also indicated that of the 50 positions that are filled, 40 of them will be for patrol activities.
Revell also said that “everyone is tired” of the level of work required due to the lack of manpower.