Review board votes against creation of SWAT ordinance

Thursday, October 14, 2010 | 6:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The Citizen’s Police Review Board voted 7-1 not to recommend that the City Council mandate notifications about SWAT team policy changes.

The council asked for input from the review board on whether to create an ordinance to force the police chief to notify the council before changing SWAT team procedures. There are currently no such ordinances requiring notification for any other policies.

Police Chief Ken Burton told the board he didn’t think an ordinance was needed and that he felt SWAT policy did not require special treatment. The board agreed and said that if changes were made, police shouldn’t be forced to issue a notification of those changes.

Susan Smith was the only board member who voted against the final resolution to recommend notification not be mandated.

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