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Ferguson Commission hears recommendations from former public safety director

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – An endorsement by the Ferguson Commission Monday night could lead to what many hope is greater police accountability.

The goal of the commission endorsed police training package would be to fight racial bias, reduce the use of force and enhance a “climate of care and accountability.”

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the subcommittee, headed by Dan Isom, the former St. Louis Police Chief and former Missouri Public Safety Director, made several recommendations to the commission. The recommendations include having police officers spend eight hours a year in anti-bias classes, which would focus on preventing racial profiling and promoting fair hearings.

The recommendations also include requiring police to be trained to address use of force and alternatives to deadly force.

Another key element it to give police training to highlight and recognize officers dealing with various kinds stress, addiction and other mental health problems.

The changes in police training would affect first-class charter counties, including St. Louis County, St. Louis City, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.

The Ferguson Commission is tasked with preparing recommendations for change and reporting back to Gov. Nixon by September 15.

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