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Indio Police Department Selected as Model for President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing



Department one of 15 police agencies recognized for exemplary practices

INDIO, CA (May 23, 2016) – The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announced today that the Indio Police Department (IPD) has been selected to serve as a model for implementing the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and to participate in a new initiative to promote the Task Force’s recommendations. Mayor Glenn Miller, City Manager Dan Martinez, Police Chief Richard Twiss, and Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Program Director Tom Cox attended the White House event for a kick-off meeting.

IPD is one of 15 law enforcement agencies from across the nation that were selected to take part in the year-long project, which will assess how each department is implementing the Task Force’s recommendations, document their efforts, and improve implementation where necessary. The result of these efforts will provide meaningful solutions for law enforcement agencies while also strengthening trust and collaboration within the community.

“This is another exciting opportunity and acknowledgment of the outstanding work the Indio Police Department has conducted in the area of community outreach and engagement,” Miller said. “As a city we take great pride in this prestigious recognition and I personally commend Chief Twiss’ leadership.”

The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing was established in 2014 by President Barack Obama. The Task Force sought expertise from stakeholders and input from the public through listening sessions, teleconferences and written comments as it worked to identify the best policing practices for law enforcement throughout the country. For more information, please visit 

Safer Neighborhoods through Precision Policing Initiative: Indio, California Police Department, CNA Report 2018

Community Wellness through Engagement & Outreach: Strategies from Indio, California, The Police Chief Magazine, December 2017

Reducing Crime and Disorder through Collaborative Community Engagement, IACP Institute for Community-Police Relations, December 2016