In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May of 2020, there was a push by the residents of Oak Park to examine the Village’s Police Department’s use-of-force polices, police training, technology (i.e. body cameras) and determine the best ways to improve how the police can support the Oak Park community.
On June 22, 2020, the Village Board passed a resolution in support of the Obama Foundation’s Pledge as part of a national effort to address police violence and systemic racism. The Village sponsored a series of community listening sessions on August 5, 2020 and August 6, 2020 to receive feedback regarding the Village’s Police Department.
A Request for Proposals for an independent assessment of policing, training, accountability and community engagement of the Oak Park Police Department was issued on October 5, 2020 and an Addendum was issued October 21, 2020. There were seven submissions and on July 12, 2021, two firms were invited to interview with the Village Board. On August 30, 2021, BerryDunn was chosen as the third-party consultant by the Village Board to help achieve the Board’s community safety goals.
In August 2021, BerryDunn began with data collection, preliminary interviews, site visits, community stakeholder engagements and data analysis. BerryDunn presented its Final Report to the Village Board on November 14, 2022.