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Report Examines Metro's Use of Force

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LAS VEGAS -- A new report, released Friday, said some Metro Police officers are more likely to use deadly force on the public than others.

An independent organization called the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity, or CPLE, put the department under the microscope to see how Metro could do better.

The report took two years to complete and looked at 20 years worth of data from officer involved shootings. It also took a survey from officers about their interaction with public, but it shows some officers felt resented by the community and by the department itself, leading to more use of force incidents by those officers.

"Essentially the story that is being told from these things together is that there is a segment of the department that feels as if they are being accused of something that they shouldn't be accused of, they resent that and that's translating into negative behaviors on the street," co-author of the report Dr. Phillip Goff said.

Dr. Goff suggests Metro improve relationships with the community to help officers identify with the people they serve.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie said the results are not anything new, citing another report released by the Department of Justice in 2012. Gillespie invited the UCLA based Think Tank to take a look at his department as part of a renewed effort to reduce the number of officer involved shootings.

"I've always said, we have nothing to hide, we want to be open and transparent as possible, that's what great organizations do," Gillespie said.

Pastor Troy Martinez has worked on community outreach programs with Metro Police for nearly seven years and said building a relationship between citizens and officers is crucial.

"They begin to view one another as human beings, they begin to treat each other with a higher level of respect and that respect isn't just something that is spoken, but you can sense," Martinez said.

The report offers seven key recommendations with training on more behavior monitoring for officers.

Sheriff Gillespie said he's ready to implement the recommendations and the department will change for the better.

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