Police Commission makes disciplinary hearings more transparent 

The Police Commission on Wednesday night voted to allow the public to police the commission a little better when it comes to getting through disciplinary hearings.

The commission’s backlog of cases has been whittled down considerably in the past nine months, but cases as old as 2001 still remain leading to about 30 police officers still collecting salaries while on desk duty.

New rules approved unanimously by the commission will list the number of cases each commissioner has reviewed and made recommendations on, according to commission member Jim Hammer. The public will also be able to see a list of the current cases anonymously numbered due to strict police privacy laws.

And another addition by commission member Petra DeJesus will mean that one meeting a month will be generally dedicated to disciplinary hearings and not policy decisions such as the marathon debate on Tasers.

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