Clermont’s police chief was just selected to serve on an important new subcommittee of the Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA).

Charles Broadway will serve on the Subcommittee on Accountability and Social Change. The FPCA created the group to lead the way toward rebuilding trust and accountability between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The subcommittee is comprised of leaders from a variety of police agencies throughout the state.

“I am honored to have been selected to serve on this subcommittee and to represent the Clermont Police Department,” Broadway said. “We look forward to leading the way as we reinforce relationships with residents and help bridge the gap between our police and the communities we serve throughout Florida, ultimately impacting the nation.”

In addition to many chiefs and administrators on the subcommittee, there also will be a representative from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), as well as a professor from the University of South Florida, whose expertise is in use of force. Subcommittee members have been asked to choose a community leader to invite to join the group, serving as a voice for their community.

“As Florida’s law enforcement leaders, we are eager to engage with the public and each other on important topics such as use of force, building trust and societal changes,” Broadway said.

The FPCA will use the 8 Can’t Wait Guidelines as a starting point for this subcommittee. These guidelines call for law enforcement agencies throughout the nation to adopt the following policies: ban chokeholds and strangleholds, require de-escalation techniques, require warning before shooting, require that all alternative use of force has been exhausted before shooting, require a duty to intervene, ban shooting at moving vehicles, require the use of a force continuum and require comprehensive reporting.

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