Update planned for Danville police's policy and procedure manual

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DANVILLE (WSLS 10) - The Danville Police Department's policy and procedure manual may soon be updated thanks to one of two grants the department has received.

The first grant is an $18,000 state JAG grant that will be used to pay a private company to examine the information in the manual to determine if there is anything that could make the city or the police department liable should the police department ever have a lawsuit filed against it.

Danville Police Chief Phillip Broadfoot emphasized that the manual is updated constantly, but there are parts that have not been updated for a very long time.

The second grant the police department received is a $125,000 state JAG grant.

It will be used to pay for several things outlined in the city's comprehensive plan to combat crime, which was released in December.

As far as the grant to update the policy and procedure manual is concerned, Broadfoot said he's glad it's getting done.

"What we want to do is move to a system that keeps up with all of the court cases and all of the current police practices and make sure that our policy manual reflects that," explained Broadfoot.

At the city council meeting on Tuesday, a first reading will be held for ordinances to appropriate the funds from each grant.

A second reading, presumably at the first council meeting in March, will have to be held before the money can actually be appropriated and used.

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