Training, Policies and Community Response

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To the Mill Creek Community:police

The City has received numerous questions about the Mill Creek Police Department’s use-of-force policies, training, and monitoring in response to the disturbing events in Minneapolis where a police officer killed George Floyd while he was restrained in handcuffs laying on his stomach.  What we observed in the video of George Floyd’s death was disgusting and inconsistent with training, our values, and the oath Mill Creek Police officers take to never betray the public trust and to have the courage to hold ourselves and others accountable for their actions.  Our core values of Empathy, Courage, and Resourcefulness do not allow discrimination of any kind.  It is not enough to rest on our values and condemn the wrongdoing of other law enforcement officers.  We must be committed to continually evaluate our policies and expectations and ensure that these are carried out in a way that fulfills our oath and is consistent with our values.  I am committed to providing a safe and welcoming community for everyone who lives, works, or visits the City of Mill Creek.

Our use of force policy states, “It is the policy of the Mill Creek Police Department to value and preserve human life. The use of force by law enforcement personnel is a matter of critical concern, both to the public and to the law enforcement community. Officers are involved on a daily basis in numerous and varied interactions and, when warranted, may use reasonable force in carrying out their duties. Officers must have an understanding of, and true appreciation for, their authority and limitations. This is especially true with respect to overcoming resistance while engaged in the performance of law enforcement duties. The department recognizes and respects the value of all human life and dignity without prejudice to anyone. Vesting officers with the authority to use reasonable force and to protect the public welfare requires monitoring, evaluation and a careful balancing of all interests.”

The frequently-asked questions and their answers found here on this page are meant to provide information related to the questions I often receive.  It is, and has been, our goal to be transparent and responsive in the law enforcement services we provide and the manner in which we provide them.

Acting Chief of Police Scott Eastman