SANDY — The agency that certifies and disciplines police officers in Utah may not be reviewing cases of excessive force, something Salt Lake City’s police chief said needs to be done.
“We are, in fact, taking care of the public in making sure that we hold our officers accountable for their inappropriate actions,” Chief Chris Burbank told his fellow members of the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council on Friday.
Burbank spoke out as POST’s deputy director was presenting a report about how it investigates cases of officer misconduct.
“We typically don’t review use of force,” Burbank insisted. “In fact, I’ve terminated two employees who received statements from the district attorney’s office that said they violated the law, even though he chose not to prosecute them. Yet this council, this body does not hear these cases.”