Sat. 5:19pm: Police chief says report shows progress

WARREN – Police Chief Timothy Bowers said he’s confident the data he submitted to the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday proves that his department is moving in the right direction.

The information highlights the number of calls Warren police answered in comparison to the the number of arrests made and citations issued over the past six months. It also indicates how many times police used force.

“I think these numbers are a representation of the job we’re doing here,” Bowers said.

The data was compiled by police Lt. Dan Mason, the department’s internal affairs commander, and covers July 1, 2012, to Feb. 8, 2013.

An agreement between the city and the justice department requires Warren police to submit data to the federal policing agency periodically. That agreement also required the police department to develop new policies and procedures that addressed appropriate use of force.

The agreement came after an investigation into whether city police use of force was unconstitutional or unlawful. That settlement, filed with the U.S. District Court, was announced in January 2012.

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