AGOP Community Input
As one of Massachusetts' most diverse communities, Malden is proactively entering a national conversation on the role and practices of police officers. In June 2020, Mayor Gary Christenson created the UniteMalden2020 initiative, which included signing the Obama Foundation’s “Reimagining Policing Pledge.” The pledge calls on cities to review police use of force policies, engage the community in conversation, and report findings.
The Malden Police Department (MPD) has policies to establish a standard of conduct, set expectations, provide guidance and promote accountability. The Use of Force policy is particularly important since it dictates how and when officers should consider deploying force. The phrase “use of force” refers to the range of techniques officers use to ensure individuals comply with their commands and/or to protect life and property, up to and including lethal force. The MPD’s Use of Force Policy can be found here.
The Mayor’s Advisory Group for Obama’s Pledge (AGOP) undertook the task of reviewing the current MPD Use of Force Policy. The group has drafted recommended changes to the policy, and is now gathering community input on these recommendations.
Your feedback about the MPD's Use of Force Policy and AGOP's draft recommended changes is needed in order to make the policy more equitable, inclusive, and just for all. There are four ways you can get involved and share your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and concerns:
Fill out a brief online form (preferred)
Attend a community meeting on Thursday, May 27th at 6:30PM.
Email your feedback to AGOP@cityofmalden.org
Mail your feedback to AGOP, 215 Pleasant Street, Malden 02148
Public input on the draft recommendations will remain open until June 11th. If you have questions or would like to request a paper copy of the draft recommendations, use of force policy, and feedback form, please call 781-397-7000, Ext. 2005 or email AGOP@cityofmalden.org.
Your feedback will be used by AGOP to reassess and finalize the draft recommendations. Although persons who submit comments will remain anonymous, all comments submitted will be part of the public record.