Charleston Police Department to undergo racial bias audit

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A non-profit organization is preparing to visit the Charleston Police Headquarters this week to conduct an audit to determine whether there is racial bias within the department.

The Virginia-based corporation, CNA, is making its first on-site visit Thursday.

It will look at a number of things including department policies, procedures, and practices.

The research and analysis organization’s audit will assess four areas:

  • Impact of enforcement operations on historically marginalized and discriminated against populations
  • Community-oriented policing practices throughout the department
  • The complaint process, internal and external
  • Recruitment, hiring, promotions and personnel practices

Charleston’s Chief of Police, Luther Reynolds says he hopes the experience makes the department strong.

“We have trust issues just like the entire country,” he said. “It’s not unlike many other cities, so, we’re embracing this audit. It’s an exercise that will benefit the city, police department, and relationships.”

The City of Charleston and Charleston Police Department will hold a news conference Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.

We are told this will be the first of several visits planned by CNA.

Count on us to bring you updates on-air and online.

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