Bill Tegeler, the spokesman for the Police Executive Research Forum, said the group has many methods of obtaining needed information.
"I'm confident we'll get the information we need in order to make findings and recommendations," he
acknowledged that the group has, in other cities, conducted public forums or town hall meetings with concerned residents.Such forums were held in New Haven, Conn., Savannah, Ga., and Wilmington, N.C., among other locations.
"Each study we do is tailored for that specific jurisdiction," he
said one wasn't done here because the Coalition on Human and Civil Rights
organized one Jan. 16.That meeting, at Mount Zion First Baptist Church, included some alleged victims of police violence.
"In other cities, there is not that coordination," he
The nonprofit think tank was hired in November to examine the Police Department's use-of-force procedures and public complaint process, among other policies, after a string of officer-involved shootings and residents' charges of abusive force that threatened the credibility of the department.
The city agreed to pay the group $79,748 for the study, which is expected to be finished next month. Tegeler
said the group visited San Antonio three times, meeting with representatives of every department at police headquarters, as well as police union representatives and local business and community leaders.He
also said the group reviewed a random sampling of residents' complaints, as well as policies and procedures.