The Brookings Police Department announced an organizational restructuring

BROOKINGS, SD (Dakota News Now) – The city recently commissioned the Center for Public Safety Management, LLC. (CPSM), to conduct a study and review the operations of the Brookings Police Department.

The consultant focused on assessing staffing, workload, community demographics, crime levels, and the efficiency and effectiveness of internal processes and organizational structure, according to a city press release.

The CPSM compiled its findings in a 186-page document Report on police operations and data analysis. Suggestions included changes in training focus, technology recommendations, and organizational transformations that will reformat the department’s structural hierarchy.

The City is currently implementing these suggestions. Changes include rotations in specific positions/tasks, new job classifications and the reassignment/reassignment of certain tasks. Giving staff members opportunities to work in different areas of the department will give them broader and more comprehensive skills. By rotating and reallocating resources, the service can operate more efficiently, provide more monitoring, and residents will have more access and coverage.

“The police service is made up of extraordinary individuals who are committed to the community. They are essential to implementing measures to advance professional policing,” said City Manager Paul Briseno.

These transitions will take place without reducing personnel; however, there will be some changes to staff titles.

“We are rethinking our approach and continuing the City’s commitment to innovation and excellence. Brookings is a community that does big things with a small staff,” Briseno said. “By being inventive and forward-thinking with our resources, we will ultimately bring about positive change in our approach to policing and improve the level of service within the community. With change comes opportunity, and it’s an opportunity to be even better at what we do.

Although the implementation of a more efficient staffing structure recommended in the report will begin this month, it will take time to realize the internal and external benefits of the new structure.

Many other improvements will require extensive processes that can unfold gradually over the next few years with continued commitment from staff. The new City Chief of Police and members of the department will be responsible for implementing the necessary components of the strategic plan.

The Center for Public Safety Management, LLC. (CPSM), a subsidiary of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

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Aubrey L. Morgan