The Louisiana Senate’s police training task force held its first meeting Thursday at the Louisiana State Capitol.
The 25-member panel, officially dubbed the Police Training, Screening, and De-escalation Task Force, is the brainchild of Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, who introduced he idea in the wake of national outcry at the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis.
Thursday’s meeting included the election of Fields as chairman of the task force and the assignment of four subcommittees, each comprised of six members.
The subcommittees include finance, policy and oversight, training and education, and community relations and internal operations. They are chaired by Sen. Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles; Rep. Edmond Jordan, D-Baton Rouge; Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; and Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge, respectively.
The subcommittees are scheduled to make recommendations to the task force by Nov. 7. The task force will then debate, finalize and submit recommendations to the legislature by Feb. 1, 2021.
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